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Monday, 21 December 2009
Burton on Trent War Memorial defaced

The Burton Mail reports this thus.
A ROYAL British Legion boss says vandals have “dishonoured those who have given their lives for our country” by defacing Burton?s war memorial.
Roy Whenman, vice-chairman of the town’s Legion branch, received calls from members saying an extremist message had been written on the statue. Having been informed at 9.20am, borough council chiefs had cleaned the graffiti from the relic, situated outside Burton College, in Lichfield Street, by 9.40am.
Mr Whenman, of Birches Close, Stretton, has described whoever committed the offence as “diabolical”. "I don’t know how long it was there for, but I was pleasantly surprised by the council’s quick action and I commend them for it".
Dennis Fletcher, chairman of East Staffordshire Racial Equality Council, said he suspected someone from the far right was responsible.
“I suspect members of the far right have done this to stir things up and there are generally very good inter-cultural relations in East Staffordshire. Graffiti of any type is terrible but when it includes racist material it has to be considered utterly unacceptable.”
An East Staffordshire Borough Council spokesman said: “We would say that this vandalism is deplorable and we do our best to clean such graffiti as soon as we possibly can.”
? The Mail has manipulated the mainpicture to remove some of the content of the message.
They give no indication what the "message" was that was so distasteful. Non UK readers will not know of the widespread anger that there was last month when a very drunk and silly young man, needing to relieve himself after he came out of the pub in Sheffield, used the War Memorial opposite and found himself in court facing a potential jail sentence. He was given a community service order after the Judge said he was satisfied that he was genuinly ashamed and contrite. So War Memorials are pretty sacred.
(Hat Tip Europe News) there is a photograph of the whole of the War Memorial where the offensive graffitti can be seen clearly.

Islam Will Dominate the World.
Why is the Burton Mail hiding what was said? Even if the allegation on
this forum that the grafitti is the work of the BNP and/or Stromforce to discredit Muslims has any credence why is the local paper failing to report all the facts? It was cleaned off remarkably quickly by the council.

Posted on 12/21/2009 2:51 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
21 Dec 2009

As much as I dislike Islam, this has the ring of non Muslim far-right agent provocateurs to me.