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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006, 16:53 GMT
Service after Cenotaph graffiti
War memorial
The graffiti was discovered in the early hours of Saturday
A Remembrance Sunday service has gone ahead at a memorial in West Sussex which was defaced with Nazi swastikas.

Vandals daubed the 14ft (4.3m) stone cross in Worthing in the early hours of Saturday. A nearby home and shop were also daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti.

When 100 war veterans held a two minute silence at the memorial on Saturday, the outlines of the symbols could still be seen, the town's mayor said.

"There were a lot of very, very angry people at the Cenotaph," said Tom Wye.

'In tears'

"There was the clear shadow line of a swastika... they could not believe that anybody could be so sick as to deface a war memorial on Armistice Day.

"There were a lot of widows there in tears. That's quite normal at that service but I think some of the tears were brought on purely by that abominable behaviour."

The service was attended by members of the public, MPs, councillors, representatives from The Royal British Legion, Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Corps, Air Training Corps, Scouts and Guides.

After a wreath laying ceremony, the groups paraded through the town centre accompanied by a Salvation Army Band.

'Offensive behaviour'

Mr Wye said: "If the police had brought this person to the cenotaph I would not have liked to have been responsible for the behaviour of the veterans. They were really, really upset."

Sussex Police were called to the Chapel Road memorial at about 0630 GMT on Saturday.

The house and shop that were targeted were in nearby Portland Road and Montague Street.

CCTV footage from 0210 GMT showed the cross had not yet been defaced.

Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, said: "People in Worthing will stand together, that is the ex-service community, Jews, Muslims, Christians and across the political spectrum, in rejection of this kind of offensive attitude and behaviour."




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