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CCTV Released Of War Memorials Vandalism Suspect

Police believe the suspect is responsible for splashing white paint across four memorials in London.

Police investigating the vandalism of war memorials in London have released CCTV footage of a suspect.

The clips are believed to have been from before and after the offences were committed.  

Images show the suspect wearing ski goggles and appearing to cover their face in an attempt to hide their appearance.

Police believe the suspect is linked to the vandalism of four memorials and a statue.

On the evening of 20 January, the Metropolitan Police received a report of criminal damage to the Bomber Command memorial in Green Park near Piccadilly.

The clean up began the following Tuesday.

White paint was thrown over the RAF Bomber Command memorial.
White paint was thrown over the RAF Bomber Command memorial.

Police also received 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 also the Yvonne Fletcher memorial in St James's Square.

In all cases, white paint had been splashed on the memorials.

The police believe the suspect first damaged the Bomber Command memorial, before heading along the Mall towards Trafalgar Square, adding they would have passed Canada House in the direction of St James's Square before ending on Jermyn Street.

Images of a suspect were first released by police last month

Detective Inspector Dave Watkinson, said: "I am hopeful that due to this person's odd appearance, someone may remember seeing them making their way to or from the statues.

"As a result of the damage caused, the suspect would have left the scenes covered in white paint.

"This wanton vandalism continues to illicit a strong response from the community. We have carried out an extensive review of local CCTV and are now satisfied that the person in the images released today is responsible for the damage. 

"While it is not possible to identify the person's face, someone may recognise their clothing. 

"I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us."

The Royal Marines memorial was also damaged with paint.
The Royal Marines memorial was also damaged with paint.

Detectives are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries, including forensic examination and the ongoing review of CCTV.

Anyone with information is urged to call 020 7321 8210 or 101 quoting CAD reference 6493/20Jan or Tweet @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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