Police investigate after 50 poppy wreaths thrown from war memorial in 'mindless' act of vandalism


Fifty wreaths were thrown from the Cenotaph War Memorial in Swindon. Image: Wiltshire Police/PA

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Police are investigating a "mindless act of vandalism" involving a war memorial in Swindon.

Around 50 poppy wreaths that had adorned the Cenotaph War Memorial in Regent Street were thrown onto the street at around 4.38am on Saturday morning.

Officers on patrol discovered the wreaths strewn on the street in an 80-metre radius of the memorial.


'Mindless act of vandalism'

In a post on their official Facebook page, Swindon South Police said: "This was a mindless act of vandalism and shows complete disregard for those service men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice in service of this country.

"Enquiries are ongoing and we urge that anyone who was in the area at the time that has any information that could assist the police to contact 101 and ask to speak to SPC 4448 Scott-Barrett regarding CRN 54190003682."

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard has called on the public to help track down the vandals, branding the incident a "total disgrace".

In a Twitter post, he wrote: "This is a total disgrace. I laid our Wiltshire Police wreath at this Cenotaph on Sun 11th Nov 2018 alongside many war veterans to show respect to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to provide the freedoms we enjoy today.

"Name those involved and help us identify them."