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In pictures: Two London war memorials vandalised
28 May 2013
Last updated at 15:31 BST
Police are investigating after two monuments in central London are defaced with the graffiti of the word Islam.
Police are investigating after two monuments in central London - the Animals in War memorial in Park Lane and the RAF Bomber Command memorial in Green Park - were defaced with the word Islam in red paint.
Clean up of the memorials has now started - the graffiti was initially covered up until crews could be brought in to start removing the red paint. The Bomber Command memorial remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War and was unveiled by the Queen last summer.
Faith organisations have said that there has been an increase in anti-Muslim attacks since Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich last week. The Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre was targeted by arsonists on Sunday despite an increased police presence in the area following another attack on the mosque three days ago.
Police are continuing to hold a 10th person in connection with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich. The 50-year-old man was arrested in Welling, south-east London, on Monday, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. Two suspects who were shot by armed police at the scene of the killing remain in hospital.
Repeated applications of solvent remover have failed to shift graffiti from the Bomber Command memorial. Gary Ross from the charity the RAF Benevolent Fund says the next step is to either grind the stonework back or replace it altogether. The charity is entirely funded by voluntary donations, he added.
The Animals in War memorial is "a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century", according to the Animals in War Fund website. It was unveiled in 2004.
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