A war memorial in Flintshire has been vandalised with an offensive Nazi symbol.
The swastika was spray-painted across the Connah’s Quay and Shotton War Memorial overnight in what’s being described as a “despicable” act of vandalism.
The monument honours 70 soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War and community leaders have blasted the culprit as “disgusting”.
Cllr Paul Shotton said: “It’s absolutely disgusting and completely despicable. I have seen what has been done and it is really disturbing.”
Meanwhile, Cllr Ian Dunbar, who is treasurer of the Inter Services Committee which organises remembrance events in the area, said: “Hundreds have attended the remembrance events and said how great it looks so it was really disheartening to find out that idiots have spray painted a Nazi swastika on it. It’s really disheartening.”
He said that rain overnight has washed away much of the paint but it is hoped the rest of the graffiti can be cleaned by Flintshire council.
Cllr Dunbar said: “This is a local memorial for people from Deeside who gave their lives so that the likes of the people who have done this could have their freedom and they’ve gone and desecrated it. It makes me feel numb that someone would wilfully cause damage to it. I want these people caught.”
Cllr Andy Dunbobbin said: “I’m really not happy. This is a total lack of respect and it’s very disappointing to see. This kind of behaviour is not welcome in our community.
“I will be going down to the memorial shortly to inspect and will be speaking to the police and town clerk to check if there is any CCTV of the incident.”
More than 400 men from the area served their country during the conflict. The memorial was unveiled in 1927 – eight and a half years after the end of war.
A spokeswoman for The Royal British Legion said: “The Legion is greatly disturbed to hear of this incident. War memorials and graves honour the unique contribution and sacrifices of the British Armed Forces. They deserve to be treated with the utmost respect.”