Stroud war memorial vandalised in ‘targeted attack’

The damaged Cenotaph in Stroud. Credit: Stroud District Council

A war memorial in Stroud has been left damaged following a “targeted attack” by vandals.

Yobs armed with a chisel - or similarly heavy implement - have gouged out the “and all subsequent campaigns” engraving on the Cenotaph in Park Gardens.

The attack, which has been reported to the police, is believed to have happened on Monday (June 17) morning.

An appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the incident has since been launched.

This appears to be a targeted attack and would have taken some time to perpetrate it. We would appeal for anyone who heard or saw something suspicious to contact the police. This will cause great offence to people in Stroud who have lost loved ones in conflicts. This monument does not celebrate war. It is a memorial to people who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today.

Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston

The memorial, which is Grade II listed, was built in 1935 and unveiled by the widow of a local soldier.

It is now dedicated to those who fell in the First and Second World Wars, as well as later conflicts.

In October 2015, the dedication was adjusted to mark the dead of all conflicts subsequent to the First World War - regardless of location.