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”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org quoting incident number 54 of June 10th in the subject line. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.