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Sunderland's Penshaw Monument to be lit up in Belgium colours

Penshaw monument when it was lit up in the French colours following the Paris attacks Credit: PA

Sunderland's Penshaw Monument is being lit in Belgium's colours tonight as a mark of solidarity following the attacks in the city.

The flag on Sunderland Civic Centre has been flying at half-mast.

"It has been truly shocking to watch the events unfolding in Brussels today.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the explosions and with the emergency services who worked so tirelessly to rescue them.

"As part of the International community it is important that Sunderland shows its sympathy and continuing support to all those in Belgium and across the world affected by these terrible attacks.

"We hope that lighting up one of our most iconic landmarks the Penshaw Monument will help symbolise that support, and provide a focal point for people’s tributes to those in Brussels."

– Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson

If you have any pictures of the monument, please feel free to email them through to us at pamandian@itv.com

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Wearside landmark is vandalised

One of the region's biggest landmarks has been daubed with red graffiti.

Red paint has been sprayed on three sides of Penshaw Monument on Wearside.

It is owned by the National Trust, which will spend thousands of pounds removing it.

The vandalism is believed to have happened on Saturday night or Sunday morning (26, 27 July).

Penshaw Monument has been daubed with graffiti. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
One of our landmarks is vandalised. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees