Lewisham memorial vandalised days before centenary of First World War

Police clean the memorial this morning

Charred poppy wreaths and smoke damage to the base were found by police

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A Lewisham war memorial which was set on fire this morning by vandals is being treated as an arson attack by police who donned rubber gloves, buckets and sponges to clean it.

Officers were called to the memorial on Lewisham Way, near to the junction of Upper Brockley Road after being flagged down by a member of the public at 3.47am.

The charred remains of burnt poppy wreaths could be seen at the site along with smoke damage to the base.

It comes less than one week before the anniversary of the declaration of war against Germany in 1914.

Superintendent Neil Evans of Lewisham police, said: "It is very rare a memorial is vandalised and is naturally an emotive subject.

"This Sunday sees the Eve of the outbreak of WW1 and it is particularly insensitive that someone should vandalise a war memorial which helps us remember the sacrifice that many men and women made from around the British Empire. Lewisham's diverse community reflects those nations that valiantly contributed and therefore the conflict of 1914-18 is a shared community experience.

"Let us all take a moment to reflect on that and the commemorations."

No arrests have been made but detectives are studying CCTV footage for information.

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2:54pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Cam imagine whose responsible for that! Some people have no respect.
Cam imagine whose responsible for that! Some people have no respect. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -45

3:58pm Wed 30 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

I hope they catch the **** who did this.
I hope they catch the **** who did this. concerned.erith
  • Score: 18

4:19pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ksc says...

Now, who on earth would do something like that? I can't even begin to imagine who would stoop that low...oh wait, yes I can.
Now, who on earth would do something like that? I can't even begin to imagine who would stoop that low...oh wait, yes I can. ksc
  • Score: 185

8:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

C¥dne¥ says...

Lowlife scumbags,to burn poppy wreath's, i hope they catch the scum that did it!!
RIP to all fallen soldiers and to the servicemen/women who are still out there!
Lowlife scumbags,to burn poppy wreath's, i hope they catch the scum that did it!! RIP to all fallen soldiers and to the servicemen/women who are still out there! C¥dne¥
  • Score: 8

9:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

paulbexleyheath says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Cam imagine whose responsible for that! Some people have no respect.
of course they have no respect.
scum of the earth .
no respect for there selves
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Cam imagine whose responsible for that! Some people have no respect.[/p][/quote]of course they have no respect. scum of the earth . no respect for there selves paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 15

1:22pm Thu 31 Jul 14

reasonable75 says...

Well done Newsshopper for removing the stupid irrelevant comments from the idiot
Well done Newsshopper for removing the stupid irrelevant comments from the idiot reasonable75
  • Score: 257

11:48am Fri 1 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

reasonable75 wrote:
Well done Newsshopper for removing the stupid irrelevant comments from the idiot
Would that be comments from the same idiot that down votes everything I say just recently? Couldn't agree more if so.
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: Well done Newsshopper for removing the stupid irrelevant comments from the idiot[/p][/quote]Would that be comments from the same idiot that down votes everything I say just recently? Couldn't agree more if so. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -440

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