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Man jailed for graffiti on Bomber Command Memorial

A man who scrawled ''Lee Rigby's killers should hang'' on the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in central London has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Bomber Command War Memorial Credit: PA

Daniel Smith, 21, received consecutive six-week sentences for two counts of criminal damage, an official at Westminster Magistrates' Court said.

District Judge Quentin Purdy told him: ''There are those who are deeply offended by what you chose to do and may wish you considerable ill, I am sure, simply because you chose to do it."

21 year old charged over war memorial graffiti

A worker stands behind a sign covering the graffiti on Bomber Command in Green Park in June Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

21 year old Daniel James Smith from Salford in Lancashire has been charged with criminal damage to the Bomber Command memorial on Park Lane, in June.

The unemployed man will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning, 1 November.

The memorial, which was created to remember the thousands of RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War, was vandalised twice in just over a week following the murder of Drummer Rigby in Woolwich, south east London, on May 22.


Man arrested for attack on London war memorial

Dame Judi Dench visits the memorial in May. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images Credit: PA

A man has been arrested on suspicion of daubing "Lee Rigby's killers should hang" on the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in central London.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed a 20-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of an act of criminal damage.

Reward offered to catch vandals

A reward has been offered to help catch the vandals who attacked two war memorials.

Crimestoppers, the crime-fighting charity, said it is offering a potentially substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for vandalising the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial and the Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park, both in London.

The RAF Bomber Command War Memorial, which was created to remember the thousands of RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War, in Green Park was vandalised twice in just over a week, this time with the words "Lee Rigby's killers should hang" daubed in red paint..

CCTV shows suspect appearing to graffiti war memorial

CCTV footage showing a man standing next to the Bomber Command Memorial.

New CCTV images have been released showing a man suspected of being responsible for the graffiti-desecration of the £7.5 million Bomber Command memorial.

The man is captured moving in and out of shot next to the memorial, based in Green Park, in the early hours on Monday.

The monument to the 55,573 Bomber Command veterans lost in the Second World War, which was opened by the Queen last June, had the word “Islam” sprayed on it in red paint.


Two London memorials are defaced

The spray paint has been covered at the Bomber Command monument Credit: ITN

Two London war memorials have been defaced by vandals.

The Bomber Command monument in Green Park and the Animals In War memorial were spray-painted overnight. Police are investigating.

Douglas Radcliffe at the memorial Credit: ITN

Douglas Radcliffe is the Secretary of the Bomber Command Association. He says he's standing at the moment until the graffiti is removed.

He went on to say "I'm very disturbed of course. I can't relate to who's done it."

"If we knew it was going to happen we would have taken some reserve."

The Animals In War memorial covered over Credit: ITN
The words on the memorial have been crossed out in red spray paint Credit: ITN

Reports of damage to Bomber Command memorial

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