Wolverhampton's cenotaph vandalised AGAIN as country remembers Great War fallen

"Sickening and disrespectful" - these are the thoughts of the Mayor of Wolverhampton after vandals attacked the city's Cenotaph for the second time in a week.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Mike Heap, at the cenotaph
The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Mike Heap, at the cenotaph

Councillor Mike Heap was speaking after the war memorial in the grounds of St Peter's Church was targeted by hooligans who ripped lights out of the floor on Monday night - a time when thousands of people were taking part in a candlelight vigil to remember the fallen.

It follows graffiti left on the steps leading to the Cenotaph last week that contained logos of fashion brands, Adidas and Vans as well as images of drug paraphernalia.

Speaking about the latest attack, the mayor said: "Vandalising a war memorial at any time is sickening and disrespectful, but to do so at a time when the country is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War is all the more shocking.

“These are deplorable acts of vandalism and it has to stop. The Cenotaph honours the people of Wolverhampton who gave their lives fighting for our country and our freedom. I would urge anyone with any information about who is doing this to contact the police immediately.”

Graffiti on the cenotaph steps
Graffiti on the cenotaph steps

The act of vandalism came at a sensitive time for the nation as millions observed a candlelight vigil to mark the centenary of Britain joining the First World War.

Wolverhampton City Council has said it has held talks with West Midlands Police about how security can be increased at the Cenotaph.

A CCTV camera on the roof of the Civic Centre is monitoring the site and the possibility of installing a camera closer to the memorial is also being considered.

Last week’s graffiti is expected to require a specialist contractor to clean it as the marker pen that was used has been absorbed into the sandstone that the steps are made from.

This meant that the council’s usual method for removing graffiti, using chemicals and a jet wash, has not been able to get rid of it all.

Anyone who may have information about the vandalism is urged to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

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Comments for: "Wolverhampton's cenotaph vandalised AGAIN as country remembers Great War fallen"

funny old world



Message to the mindless idiots that did this. The memorial remembers the brave young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in order for future generations to be born to a better time. Many millions gave their youth so you could live in a free and better world, they went through hardship you and I could not even imagine, surviving in dreadful conditions far away from the comfort of home. There were no I pads or I phones in those times, no dole no creature comforts. They had pride and respect something that you and your ilk are sadly lacking.


Graham I completely agree unfortunately the idiots that have done this probably don't have the intelligence to be able to read what you have typed !


These mindless morons need to be made an example of, no matter what their age the should be named and shamed all over the town, so everyone can no who they are. The biggest trouble with this country is the do gooders who back these idiots up.


They really are uneducated morons who do this. I hope they are caught and rightly punished, which should include a lesson on why these memorials were erected in the first place, they learn to respect others sacrifices and they are made to clean further graffiti around the city.


Echo the comments of the previous...

Just find it sad that these idiots cannot put the time and energy taken to produce this rubbish into something more positive.


Should conscript these idiots and send em off to the frontline, wherever that maybe these days.


We would prefer not to have them in the City and I am absolutely certain that the military would not want them. It is very doubtful that they could survive basic training in the Army, they would be calling for their mothers in a couple of days. It is suggested that they are really enjoying the publicity deny it to them and they will not have a reason to deface the cenotaph or any other property in the future.


Catch them and give them to the local British Legion.

I'm sure they will know what to do with them.


While you are cleaning this graffiti away Wolverhampton Council what about cleaning and restoring this memorial and the others around the City. That would be a fitting thing to do in the centenary, and many are in dire need of it.

Ronnie Allen

A suggestion to remove the graffiti would be cut out the testicles of the hooligans and use them as a scrubbing brush.


In the previous article on this subject 2 skaters replied to me asking not to tarred with the blame for this.

SteezySonu stated....

I am a skateboarder, and I first of all I want to tell you there is a difference between a skateboarder and someone who owns a skateboard. Skateboarder's are anyone who have a passion for skateboarding. The people who hang around Wolverhampton civic holding skateboards are not skateboarders, they're people who think it's a "cool trend" and not a hobby and enjoyable passtime. The Wolverhampton skateboarding community are a bunch of great people and I can 100% say not one of them have done that. The problem is the kids who hang around these areas standing around, they're the ones who are the problem. They typically listen to rubbish music out loud, and a lot of them have colored hair. They're the people who have done this.

This implies you may know who is responsible - so prove you are stand up guys and do something about it.


Was going to say animals but that would be an insult to animals.


So was the CCTV on for this area, and if so how come they don't know who these low life are.

It's not rocket science to analyse the graffiti, it seems to point to certain idiots that are often see hanging around Queen Square.

Come on Police pull them in, there might be one with a spark of decency who will name names.


Remember. for your tomorrow, they gave their today!


Unfortunately we don't know who it was my friend sonu doesn't either he merely blamed some of the youths who hang around the memorial who, although I don't want to stereotype or accuse, could possibly know who the culprit is.

We don't talk to them or know their names as we're busy being productive and putting our time and energy into skateboarding rather than associate with them.

The fact people need to face, and this will be my last comment on the matter, is that we probably will never find out who carried out the vandalism as much as we'd all like to name and shame them and other cliché comments people will mention about sending them to the front line. All we can hope for is they've seen this and felt ashamed of themselves.

War is taught about in school and from this a big lesson is learnt. In times of war a country is united for one cause everyone becomes a contributer, this generation of children has no war, no cause to unite for, a broken economy and nothing to turn their negative emotions into something positive and constructive.

I would like you all to know the skateboarding community is as upset as you are for the graffiti, we are not vandals we are not criminals we are misunderstood, unfortunately because of people like this.

Peace ✌


I'm in favour of corporal punishment for violence against the person or property and this would qualify. It's a waste of time leaving comment here in the hope that the cretins who did this might see them and feel guilty in some way, it's very likely the scumbags can't read.


They are a product of an educational system where teachers will invade other peoples property, so what chance have the pupils got of being taught right from wrong


I am very critical of the teaching profession, but I must say that having had 4 children of my own go through school and 5 grandchildren currently at school teachers seem to be better at teaching right from wrong than a lot of parents.


As an ex armed forces person and a Season ticket holder at the Wolves.

To say we do not know who done this is WRONG!

I cannot believe amongst the youth that peace fully meet there every weekend , that nobody saw nothing of this act.

One of you know who did it , or have heard a rumour.FACT!

There have been some great responses from the skateboarders.

But I'm sorry . You have a responsibility to police this .

Or you will find yourselves being moved on , not allowed in the area.

You are going to be paying for some bodies act of stupidity.

That is the reality that you will find , unless this stupidity is stopped.

Personally , I enjoy seeing these people having somewhere to meet and skate.

There is something right , that the youth of today are free to enjoy life in front of this memorial.

I find it a very fitting tribute in some ways.