Police in Shetland are appealing for information following the vandalism of the war memorial in Lerwick.
The memorial near Lerwick Town Hall has been vandalised with paint sometime overnight from Wednesday, August 21 into the morning of Thursday, August 22.
The letters “SNP” were written on a concrete block at the side of the memorial, which sits opposite the town hall.
According to BBC Scotland, The SNP expressed “outrage” at the attack on a memorial “honouring those who died protecting all our freedoms”.
The incident was reported to police shortly after 8 am on Thursday, and Police Scotland confirmed that enquiries are ongoing.
Image credit: BBC Scotland
Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch said:
“Vandalism is never acceptable in any circumstances and damaging a war memorial is a particularly disrespectful act.
“This has caused a considerable upset in the local community, and I have spoken with the local authority and asked that the memorial is cleaned as promptly as possible.
“Our enquiries are ongoing and at an early stage.
“We would urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious overnight in the area or has any other information which could help to come forward.”
Anyone with information can contact police in Lerwick on 101, quoting reference 573 of August 22, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.