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Man sentenced for vandalism of Bomber Command war memorial

28/11/2013

Daniel James Smith, 21, was sentenced today to 12 weeks in prison at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for vandalising a war memorial in Central London in June of this year. He pleaded guilty on 1 November to one count of criminal damage and one count of racially aggravated criminal damage.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was an appalling act of vandalism, which defaced the memorial to the thousands of men who lost their lives in the Second World War flying for RAF Bomber Command.

"It is a particularly shocking crime to consider at this time of year when we remember and honour the individuals who fought for this country. Such behaviour will not be tolerated in our city.

"As the Hate Crime Champion for the CPS, I am committed to ensuring that CPS London works with its police partners to tackle this type of behaviour."

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Notes to Editors

  1. In the early hours of 5 June 2013, Smith sprayed graffiti onto the Bomber Command War Memorial in Green Park calling for those responsible for the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby to "hang".
  2. He then sprayed racist graffiti onto the side of the No 1 Knightsbridge building.
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