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Ilkley war memorial vandalised twice in a week

UPDATE (4pm Thursday): Police have arrested a 15 year old male after the Ilkley War Memorial was vandalised. The 15 year old male has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and remains in police custody at this time.

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West Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses after the war memorial in Ilkley was vandalised on Sunday and again on Wednesday.

Officers have recorded two racially aggravated hate crimes in relation to the two incidents.

The first incident was reported on Sunday 16th October in the morning and the second incident was reported on the morning of Wednesday 19th.

Inspector John Barker Head of the Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This vandalism will undoubtedly, and rightly, have caused a great deal of offence in the community.

“My Neighbourhood Team have stepped up patrols in the area and will continue to be a visible presence in the area.

“An investigation is underway to find the person responsible and we are currently looking through CCTV.

“We have been liaising with Bradford Council about the matter and I would ask anyone who has any information about the incidents or may have seen anything suspicious near the Ilkley War Memorial to come forward.

“Information can be given to the Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 referencing crime number 13220570925 or online at

“Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”


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