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After responding to a fire at a war memorial in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday, 30 July, officers in Lewisham went one step further and cleaned it, making sure no visible signs of damage were left.
Response Team officers from Lewisham attended Lewisham Way, SE4 near to the junction of Upper Brockley Road after they were flagged down by a member of the public at 03:47hrs that there was a fire at the war memorial at the location .
The charred remains of burnt poppy wreaths could be seen at the memorial along with smoke damage to the base.
Officers found buckets, used a tap in the small park area beside the memorial and took it in turns to fill up the buckets with water and used it to try to remove the soot that had settled on it.
The incident is being treated as arson and enquiries are underway to catch the perpetrator.
Superintendent Neil Evans, of Lewisham Borough, said: "It is very rare that a memorial is vandalised and is naturally an emotive subject. This Sunday marks the eve of the outbreak of World War 1 and it is particularly insensitive that someone should vandalise a war memorial, which helps us remember the sacrifice that many men and women made from around the British Empire.
“Lewisham's diverse community reflects those nations that valiantly contributed and therefore the conflict of 1914-18 is a shared community experience. Let us all take a moment to reflect on that and the commemorations."