(EVENING STANDARD) — War memorials in Green Park and Hyde Park have been daubed with the word Islam by vandals.

Police were called to the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial and found engravings on the monument covered with paint.

The same thing occurred at the Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park.

A police spokesman said Royal Parks officers were investigating and Westminster City Council had been informed.

Westminster City Council cabinet member for city management councillor Ed Argar said: “We deplore any act of vandalism or graffiti that desecrates memorials put in place to honour those who fought for our country’s freedom.

“We will do everything we can to clean and restore the memorials as swiftly as possible.”

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