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War memorial vandal is sentenced

Wolverhampton Cenotaph
The Cenotaph was vandalised with graffiti

A 17-year-old youth who was filmed daubing graffiti on a war memorial has been ordered to complete 40 hours' community service.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted damaging the Cenotaph in Wolverhampton city centre on 14 July.

He handed himself in after CCTV footage of him vandalising the Cenotaph was released.

He pleaded guilty when he appeared at Wolverhampton Youth Court.

Some graffiti has been cleaned away since it was put on the memorial, which remembers those killed in the two world wars.

The council said it hoped to remove the rest before Victory in Japan Day commemorations on Friday.


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