Disgust over 'putrid' vandalism on ANZAC memorial

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A desecrated ANZAC memorial stone in Sydney has outraged locals who slammed the act as "putrid", "offensive" and "disrespectful".

NSW Police are appealing for information after the stone was vandalised at Ryde, in Sydney's northwest, this week.

Police from Ryde Police Area Command received reports the memorial stone had been damaged following a dawn service held at the location in the early hours of Anzac Day.

An Anzac Day memorial stone at Ryde showing the Lest rubbed off from the 'Lest We Forget' inscription.
An Anzac Day memorial stone at Ryde showing the Lest rubbed off from the 'Lest We Forget' inscription. Source: Facebook/ NSW Police

Police investigating vandalism

In a photo posted on the NSW Police Facebook page, the stone, which has 'Lest We Forget' engraved on it, was pictured with the 'Lest' scratched off, leaving it to only read 'We Forget'.

The police have commenced investigations into the act of vandalism, with hundreds of comments on the Facebook post condemning the act.

"People doing this do not deserve the freedom that these fought for .. disgraceful," one user wrote, with someone else describing it as "putrid".

The act of vandalism saw the 'lest' scratched out.
The act of vandalism has outraged people. Source: Facebook/ NSW Police

"Absolutely feral. Couldn't think of anything worse!" agreed another. "No respect".

"I hope they are found and explained in detail exactly why this is not acceptable and how they need to hear why this memorial has been made," wrote another.

"To the person or persons who did this you need to pack your bags and leave Australia now. This is so not the Anzac way," another said.

Some users suggested the stone could have been damaged by a pressure cleaner.

"Decent pressure cleaner would do that kinda damage to sandstone," someone wrote, with another adding: "Looks to me that the stone is deteriorating not vandalism".

In the Facebook post, Ryde police said they believe the stone was damaged between 7am on Monday April 25, 2022 and 9.50am on Tuesday April 26, 2022.

Police are appealing for anyone with information, or who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time of the incident, to come forward and contact Ryde Police Station or Crime Stoppers.

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