Police investigating a graffiti stain on a plaque commemorating a fallen soldier believe the person responsible is a child aged between eight and 10.
Officers on patrol yesterday found that the plaque at St Nicholas Gardens had been defaced. The flowers used for the graffiti have stained the plaque. Officers tried to clean the slate with no luck and have requested specialist cleaning so that the memorial is not damaged.
The vandalism was branded “disgusting” by Copeland Police.
A statement issued today said: “Following our post yesterday about the damage caused to the VC memorial plaque on Lowther Street, Whitehaven, CCTV shows the damage happened at 19.20 on August 1.
“The offender was a male child aged 8 to 10, blonde hair, wearing a red t-shirt, grey trousers and white trainers, he appears to ‘drop kick’ the item used to write the words, into the bushes, this is likely to have caused red staining on his shoes.
“Did your child come home with red staining on his shoes on Sunday evening?”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.