Call to catch vandals of Pals war memorial

The defaced Pompey Pals memorial
The defaced Pompey Pals memorial
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VANDALS who defaced Pompey’s First World War memorial with Southampton graffiti should be named and shamed, says the man who worked to put it up.

The Pompey Pals memorial, which was unveiled outside Fratton Park last month to mark 100 years since the start of the war, was vandalised at some point on Friday night or Saturday morning.

15/11/2012 (RM)''The Pompey Supporters Trust held a press conference in the Chimes Lounge at Fratton Park on Thursday afternoon for the launch of the Pompey Supporters Trust share prospectus.''Pictured is: Bob Beech, Portsmouth FC fan who was at the press conference on Thursday.''Picture: Sarah Standing (123732-4595) ENGPPP00120121115170619

15/11/2012 (RM)''The Pompey Supporters Trust held a press conference in the Chimes Lounge at Fratton Park on Thursday afternoon for the launch of the Pompey Supporters Trust share prospectus.''Pictured is: Bob Beech, Portsmouth FC fan who was at the press conference on Thursday.''Picture: Sarah Standing (123732-4595) ENGPPP00120121115170619

Bob Beech, (pictured), the Pompey fan behind the project, organised for the memorial to be cleaned, thanking Stonerite Memorials who volunteered to do the work.

He said: ‘I would like this person to be caught and to be named and shamed.

‘If anybody saw anything then by all means, tell the authorities.

‘This is nothing to do with football and I am keen to point that out. I can’t understand anyone who would desecrate a war memorial whether they support Pompey or Southampton or Accrington Stanley.’

Bob said fans in Southampton have condemned the action.

‘I have been overwhelmed by the response I’ve had from both Pompey and Southampton fans,’ he said.

‘We have had offers from a group in Southampton to pay for any damages if it costs anything to get it cleaned.

‘I’m genuinely pleased with the number of Southampton fans who have come forward saying they want to help.’

Club chief executive Mark Catlin said: ‘It’s sick, it’s disgusting and let’s hope it’s treated with the severity it deserves.’

The plaque commemorates the men of the 14th and 15th battalion of the Hampshire Regiment who gave their lives in the First World War. The Pals were one of the battalions set up across the country which encouraged men to join up with their friends.