Metropolitan Police Detectives investigating reports of criminal damage to a number of statues in central London are appealing for information and witnesses.
At 20:43hrs on Sunday, 20 January, police received a report of criminal damage to the Bomber Command memorial in Green Park, Piccadilly.
On Monday, 21 January, police also received subsequent reports of damage to the ‘Allies Statue’ of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in New Bond Street, the Canada Memorial in Green Park, The Royal Marine Memorial in The Mall and the Yvonne Fletcher memorial in St James’s Square.
In all cases white paint had been splashed on the memorials.
At this early stage in the investigation, all the incidents are being treated as linked.
Detectives from Central West CID are investigating and are carrying out a number of enquiries including forensic examination and reviewing CCTV.
Detective Inspector Dave Watkinson said:
“These crimes have understandably caused anger and offence and we are working hard to identify and apprehend those responsible.
“Our enquiries are moving at
Speaking about the damage caused to the memorial of PC Yvonne Fletcher, Police Federation Boss John Apter said:
‘There are no words for those who would do this to a Memorial to a fallen officer.
‘Those responsible are wicked, sick individuals who will be caught’.
No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.
Former Royal Marine James Glancy, speaking about the damage caused to the Royal Marines Graspan Memorial, broadcast a video on twitter where he called those responsible for the damage ‘cowards’.
He also captured the feelings and sentiment of many Veterans when he said “You had better hope that the authorities find you before the Royal Marines”
Anyone who has information is asked to call the incident room on 020 7321 8210 where they can speak to a detective from Central West CID.
Alternatively, you can call 101 quoting CAD reference 6493/20JAN or Tweet @MetCC.
Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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