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Man caught on CCTV vandalising poppy tributes at cenotaph is jailed

A man from Swindon has been jailed for eight weeks after vandalising a tribute of poppy wreaths at the town’s cenotaph.

Community police officers discovered around 50 poppy wreaths thrown across the ground in the early hours of Saturday 12th January.

Ashwani Kumar - who is 54 - pleaded guilty to outraging public decency when he appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court via live video link.

Following a social media appeal for witnesses, Kumar was arrested when officers obtained CCTV footage showing him committing the offence.

As well as the prison sentence, Kumar was ordered to pay £115 to fund victim services.

Kumar’s actions have quite understandably shocked our local community and caused a lot of upset, disgust and shock.

While intoxicated, he has ripped a large number of wreaths from the cenotaph and thrown them around – a completely mindless act of vandalism, showing no respect for those servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

We completely understand that tensions are running high as a result of this incident and we would urge people to please remember that this was the act of an individual who has now been reprimanded for his actions.”

– Superintendent Adrian Burt, Wiltshire Police