Swastika sprayed on Welsh war memorial on Remembrance Sunday
Police are investigating after a swastika was daubed on a Welsh war memorial on Remembrance Sunday.
The Nazi graffiti was found sprayed on the Hawkesbury War Memorial in Buckley, Flintshire, by a local councillor.
Buckley councillor David Ellis shared the picture on social media, saying: “I post this with a very heavy heart as I was the project lead on the restoration of the Hawkesbury War Memorial.
“Last night the memorial was desecrated with a nazi slogan this is the ultimate mark of disrespect to those who gave everything. There is CCTV around the area, and it will be checked by the police.”
The memorial has since been cleaned, Cllr Ellis said.
“A big thank you to Steve Blackwell of Blackwell Memorials for his help and assistance in removing the nazi slogan and Mark Edwards of Streetscene for his quick action.”
North Wales Police said: “Shortly after 11.30pm on Sunday, 13 November, we received a report of a hate related incident at Hawkesbury Memorial Garden on Mill Lane, Buckley.
“Officers attended the scene where it was reported a neo-Nazi flag had been placed at the foot of the cenotaph, which had also been vandalised with black spray paint in the shape of a swastika.”
Inspector Iwan Jones said: “This was a distressing and distasteful hate crime on such an emotive weekend, and we will do all we can to identify those responsible.
“Our enquiries into this incident are being prioritised and I would ask anyone with information that could assist with our investigation to get in touch via the website, or by calling 101, using reference 22000834075.”
The incident follows similar one in south Wales where racist Nazi graffiti was painted over a mural honouring Port Talbot’s Caribbean community.
South Wales Police arrested two teenage boys on suspicion of racially and religiously aggravated criminal damage following that incident.
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I’m not as much a disciple of the cult of the soldier as faux Noble Christian Warrior fighting “moral” wars as some people. But this is disgusting.
However, despite the bigoted nature of disUK today, I don’t think this is symptomatic of local nazi organisations. It’s a lone acting vandal desperate to shock. I mean I know the far right are not renowned for their intelligence, but putting the swastika (a nazi symbol) on a memorial to the victims of WWI (before the nazis existed) is idiotic
Idiotic is right. But we need to look at why these idiotic acts are happening. Our culture is so thin, young people’s lives have no purpose or meaning, they have no structure, no expectations, no moral boundaries. They look at minority communities and see all these things and more, they see what they no longer have themselves. Not a happy situation.
Er … what? Those lucky lucky minority communities. What do they have over and above what anyone else has? Except the experience of being hated and abused by the lazy and ignorant?
Also “young people” are far more understanding and inclusive than the generations before them. My bet is that this swastika scrawling goon is a 30+ Brexiteer
It was probably a teenager. Minority groups have the attention and sympathy of the mainstream, with media saturation boosting them, and legislation to back it up. Many of them also have strong religious and family values, with booming birthrates and increasing educational and career success. Native white youngsters are falling behind badly. Native Welsh youths have people dismiss them very casually, contemptuously, people considering them only to be feral, ignorant, lazy, and racist. I think the racist swastika daubing stupidity comes as a result of a lot of prior neglect. Certainly not the fault of minority ethnic or identity communities,… Read more »
“The efforts to undermine us”. Oh do give over! The most right wing version of the Tories EVER is in power. Refugees are being deported to Rwanda. Hatred of our European neighbours is encouraged. Hate crimes against black and Muslim communities has been at a record high every year since 2016. Migrant protecting laws are being whittled away. The far right press (most of it) daily whips up frothing hatred amongst the obsolete and the useless, towards anyone who isn’t white and English. My roots in these islands run deep. REALLY deep. I mean as far back as family trees… Read more »
Who are they venting their against against this time? World War I soldiers? Ffs.