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Man Arrested After Vandalism At War Memorial

Poppy wreaths littered the street around the Cenotaph in Swindon.

Police have called on the public to name those involved (Picture: Swindon South Police).

A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after dozens of wreaths were thrown from a war memorial in Swindon.

Wiltshire Police believe it happened in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Around 50 poppy wreaths were thrown from the Cenotaph War Memorial in Swindon.

Officers on patrol discovered the wreaths had been removed and thrown on the street in an 80-metre radius of the memorial.

Swindon South Police posted on Facebook:

"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."

Within four hours, the post had been shared more than 1,000 times and received more than 300 comments.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard urged people to identify those responsible.

He tweeted: "This is a total disgrace.

"Name those involved and help us identify them."