Appeal for witnesses after graffiti attack
Residents of Aldershot are being asked to help track down vandals who have defaced the community peace garden in Manor Park.
Blue graffiti was found all across the walls of the garden, on commemorative benches and all over a sycamore tree.
The graffiti was first reported on Saturday 28th September and it is believed that it could have happened overnight during the evening of Friday 27th September.
Aldershot’s peace garden was opened last year in commemoration of 100 years since the end of the First World War.
The incident has been reported to the police and the council has been checking through CCTV footage to see if it can identify the culprits. Anyone with information is being urged to get in touch with the police by calling 101.
Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council said: “We were extremely disappointed to see this mindless vandalism. The community peace garden was created as a mark of respect to those who gave their lives during the First World War and it is a beautiful space for people to sit, reflect and to pay their respects. It is heart-breaking to us that it has been defaced in this way.”
The costly clean-up work has started, with the graffiti successfully removed from the commemorative benches and the work will continue on the brick work. The graffiti on the tree will almost be impossible to remove.