Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Areas defaced with swastikas

In Yorkshire in the days leading up to D-Day’s 75th anniversary, vandals destroyed military gravestones.

Between Sunday 9th June and Monday 10th June, a number of areas within the Twyford Woods site have been defaced with swastikas in silver and white spray paint.

The site was used as an airfield in the Second World War for aircraft to take off for Normandy ahead of D-Day.

Several headstones, including some provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) for the anniversary, were smashed at Hirst Wood burial ground in Shipley, in what police labelled a “mindless act of destruction”.

Police have launched an investigation after a series of swastikas were spray-painted across a commemorative D-Day bench in Lincolnshire.

Commemorative bench spray painted with a swastika in Twyford Woods

Commemorative bench spray painted with a swastika in Twyford Woods ( PA )

Hirst Wood Regeneration Group campaigners said:

“It is impossible to understand the callous thoughtlessness of those who did this.

“Do they boast to their friends and relations that they managed to smash gravestones? What possible satisfaction can they get from such a mindless act?”


Anyone with information on the vandalism in Twyford Woods can contact police on 101 quoting incident number 54 of June 10th or via email force.control@lincs.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 54 of June 10th in the subject line. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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2 Responses to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Areas defaced with swastikas

  1. Such actions of far-right people proof we should watch how things are evolving politically. Today seeing much of the 1930ies coming back again gives it so much more reason to remember what happened from 1930-1945.

    People could wonder why we do need to remember World War II? So many say “That time is gone.” “Most of the people fighting are already dead.” Many also ask “Why not just put it out of our minds and move on?”

    If we forget how this terrible worldwide tragedy happened, we will eventually make the same mistake when the next “messiah” rises up; when they promise to take care of our every need and get us everything we deserve. For Hitler, it was more territory, more conquests, more glory, and, especially, retribution against Germany’s WWI enemies.

    His dictatorship may be gone, but many others are happy to queue up to be the next ruler of a big nation.


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