Stiffer Sentences For War Memorial Vandals
Published on 3 July 2019
Vandals who damage war memorials and graves in England and Wales could face up to 12 years in jail.
The new sentences will take into account the impact on the community, as well as the financial cost of the crime.
A commemorative bench dedicated to veteran was vandalised earlier in the year (Picture: Lincolnshire Police).
Memorials including the Bomber Command monument in London are among several vandalised this year.
There are over 100,000 war memorials in the UK, but they receive no special legal protection.
In the past, those who have attacked them have escaped with community sentences or minor fines.
But that is about to change.
War graves were smashed by vandals this year in Bradford (Picture: Hist Regeneration Group).
From the first of October, judges will have more powers to jail offenders in England and Wales.
A new range of punishments will include life sentences for arson – and between 8 to 12 years behind bars for criminal damage.
The tougher sentences take into account not just the spiralling cost of repairs, but the psychological impact on the military and civilian community.
Source: Forces Network 03 July 2019