DIS­GRACE­FUL VAN­DAL­ISM

Swastikas daubed on prop­erty af­ter Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Jackie Grant

Swastikas and abu­sive mes­sages were spray­painted on walls in Locker­bie just hours af­ter an Armistice Day ser­vice to hon­our vic­tims of war. The sick­en­ing van­dal­ism has been de­scribed as “ab­so­lutely shock­ing and shame­ful” by a for­mer ser­vice­man in the town.

Gary Ni­col, ex-chair­man of the dis­banded branch of the Locker­bie Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, said: “I’ve never seen bla­tant dis­re­spect like it.

“The whole thing is ab­so­lutely shock­ing and shame­ful and for it to hap­pen on Re­mem­brance Day is even worse.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the van­dal­ism which hap­pened around McConechy’s garage in the town be­tween 2.30pm on Sun­day and 7.30am on Mon­day.

A num­ber of Swastika sym­bols were painted on ve­hi­cles around the garage and on the wall of a nearby shop.

Con­sta­ble David No­ble said: “We are cur­rently car­ry­ing out door to door en­quires into this crime and we ap­peal to any­one in

the com­mu­nity who may have any knowl­edge as to who is re­spon­si­ble for this dis­gust­ing act at this time of re­mem­brance and re­flec­tion in our com­mu­nity, to get in touch with us at Locker­bie on the 101 num­ber.”

Coun­cil­lor Adam Wil­son also con­demned the thugs re­spon­si­ble.

He said: “It is dis­gust­ing that some­one on Re­mem­brance Sun­day of all days feels that it is ac­cept­able to graf­fiti Swastika’s over a town like Locker­bie.

“This is cer­tainly not a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the peo­ple or town of Locker­bie. On Sun­day, I had the priv­i­lege to lay a wreath along­side veter­ans and towns­peo­ple to com­mem­o­rate those who have fought in con­flict since World War One, es­pe­cially to those who gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice to de­fend our free­dom and our democ­racy.

Mr Wil­son added: “The fallen that we have stood in si­lence for over the week­end pro­tected us from the hor­ri­ble ide­ol­ogy that the Swastika rep­re­sents.

“The peo­ple of Locker­bie along with me will be hor­ri­fied by this graf­fiti be­cause we stand with the fallen as they gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice to give us our free­dom.”

Mr Ni­col, who helped to or­gan­ise the Armistice ser­vice in the town, added: “Sun­day was an emo­tional day and par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the Locker­bie ser­vice when one of our el­derly war veter­ans strug­gled to walk to lay a wreath at the me­mo­rial.

“We have peo­ple like him who fought for his coun­try and oth­ers like him who died and then the van­dals who did this on Sun­day and they are just the com­plete op­po­site.

“It wor­ries me that we’ve got peo­ple like this in our quiet wee town. It’s dis­gust­ing.”

Dis­gusted PC David No­ble at the site of the van­dal­ism in Locker­bie

Shock­ing One of the ve­hi­cles daubed with a Swastika

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