Officers from the Metropolitan Police are appealing for information after a war memorial in Hayes was vandalised.
A member of the public noticed that the war memorial had ‘childish scribblings’ written on it. It is thought that the vandals used a marker pen during the incident.
The memorial is located in Church Road, UB3 and was damaged on Monday 4th May.
Officers are asking anyone who recognised the “Lord Enki” or “State of Ari” tags to come forward. These, plus other words, were scrawled over the plinth.
The defaced war memorial, which records the names of local soldiers who lost their lives in both Worlds Wars, was brought to police attention in the same week as VE Day’s 75th anniversary.
PC Sean Creaby, from the Met’s Hayes Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
“This was a senseless and disrespectful act and I’m at a loss as to why anyone would target a War Memorial, particularly at a time when we should be remembering those who sacrificed their lives for our country.
“Not only was it a completely stupid thing to do, it was also an act of criminal damage and those responsible should know that there are consequences for this type of offence.
“If anyone recognises the handwriting or the tags, or has information about this, please do get in touch with us so we can investigate.
“We understand that this memorial means a lot to the community, and we care about it as much as they do.”
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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