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25th Jan 2019

Police release pictures of WW2 memorial vandal

CCTV shows a man in ski goggles who threw white paint over a series of statues in London

Oli Dugmore

CCTV shows a man in ski goggles who threw white paint over a series of statues in London

The Metropolitan Police released CCTV image of the man they believe daubed a series of memorials in London with white paint.

He vandalised the Bomber Command Memorial, the Royal Marine Memorial, the Canada Memorial, the ‘Allies Statue’ of Sir Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt and the Yvonne Fletcher Memorial.

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


The Bomber Command memorial, which commemorates the deaths of more than 55,000 airmen, has been vandalised four times in the six years since it was erected at Green Park.

The suspect’s face is hidden by ski goggles and police are appealing for anyone who may have noticed the unusual attire on the evening of January 20.

Detective inspector Dave Watkinson said: “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.

“We are appealing for the media and public’s help to identify this person.

“While it is not possible to identify the person’s face, someone may recognise their clothing.”

White paint was also found on a shop window on Old Bond Street.

At this early stage in the investigation, all the incidents are being treated as linked.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the incident room on 020 7321 8210 where they can speak to a detective from Central West CID. Alternatively, you can call 101 quoting CAD reference 6493/20Jan or Tweet @MetCC