The solitary figure briefly pauses to gaze at the wreath-laden Bomber Command statues
The man, of African appearance, is captured moving in and out of the shadows to spray the monument in London in the early hours on Monday.The Monument to the 55,573 Bomber Command veterans lost in the Second World War, which was opened by the Queen last June, had the word “Islam” sprayed on it in red paint.
The same night the £2million Animals At War memorial nearby was plastered with the word “Islam” and other messages, also in red paint.
The damage came days after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, 25, allegedly by Islamic extremists of African origin.
On the prowl: The mystery man appears wary as he nears the monument (Pic: RAF club)
Last night Bomber Command veterans said they hoped the footage will help bring the perpetrator to justice. Gerry Abrahams, 90, of Margate, Kent, who flew 31 missions against Nazi Germany, said: “If anyone knows who this man is, please tell the police. He should be brought to justice. I am shocked and appalled by this vandalism.”Footage from cameras linked to the RAF Club in Piccadilly opposite the memorial shows a man approaching it between 3.10am and 3.20am on Monday.
Wearing a woolly hat and a loose jacket he makes a phone call, then looks around shiftily before spraying a couple of letters on the facade.
He stops and darts into the shadows just before traffic comes past. After looking around, he sprays more letters on the memorial. He moves inside to the statue of seven airmen before walking briskly off towards Knightsbridge.
While he is inside the memorial a car, which resembles an Audi RS4, pulls up for a few minutes before driving off.
The mystery vandal sprayed the word ‘Islam’ in red on memorial to RAF heroes
He should be brought to justice. I am shocked and appalled by this vandalism
Gerry Abrahams who flew 31 missions against Nazi Germany
The graffiti is likely to cost tens of thousands of pounds to repair. A spokesman for the RAF Benevolent Fund, which is responsible for the memorial’s maintenance, said: “The paint has seeped in to such a depth that the use of solvents is unlikely to bring the memorial back to how it should be. The worst case is taking the damaged stone out and replacing it with fresh stone, which will be very expensive.” This will be on top of the £1.5million needed to ensure the memorial’s maintenance in perpetuity. The attack came days after actress Dame Judi Dench launched a campaign to raise £1million for the memorial’s maintenance and became the first patron member of the Upkeep Club. The veterans had to raise the money for the memorial themselves. Daily Express readers donated £500,000, a sum matched by Daily Express owner Richard Desmond.
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