Swastikas daubed on property after Remembrance Day service
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