Suspect who attacked RAF memorial in London ‘walks with distinctive gait’

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Detectives investigating a series of paint attacks on several war memorials and statues in London have said the suspect “walks with a distinctive gait”.

Scotland Yard has released two CCTV clips of a man they want to trace in connection with the acts of vandalism, which included white paint being splattered over the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park.

Also targeted with white paint were the Allies Statue of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in New Bond Street, the memorial to murdered police officer Yvonne Fletcher in St James’s Square, the Royal Marine Memorial in The Mall, and the Canada Memorial in Green Park.

Police released a picture of a man wearing ski goggles who they were looking for after the incidents were reported last month, and the new footage is believed to be from before and after the offences were committed.

In the video, the suspect is seen with what appears to be white paint splashed on his trousers.

He is thought to have begun his illegal crusade at the Bomber Command Memorial, before heading along the Mall and up to Trafalgar Square.

The suspect would have passed Canada House in the direction of St James’s Square, before ending on Jermyn Street as part of a route police have said would “usually be very busy”.

Detective Inspector David Watkinson said: “We have exhausted all operational lines of inquiry and have now released this footage as part of our sustained effort to identify the person responsible for this wanton vandalism.

“The individual in the CCTV, who we believe to be male, has a distinct gait and we want to people to think carefully about whether they can identify him.

“People have had a strong reaction to the damage caused to these important memorials which are part of our culture and heritage. We are committed to doing everything we can to bring the perpetrator to justice.”

Thousands of pounds has been raised to help clean up the Bomber Command Memorial, which commemorates more than 55,500 members of the RAF troop who died in the Second World War.

Members came from across the globe, including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and France.

:: Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 020 7321 8210, call 101 quoting CAD reference 6493/20Jan or send a tweet to @MetCC.

:: Information can also be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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