Posted on January 25, 2019
Images show the suspect wearing ski goggles and appearing to cover their face in an attempt to hide their appearance. Police believe the suspect is linked to the vandalism of four memorials and a statue. On the evening of 20 January, the force received a report of criminal damage to the Bomber Command memorial in Green Park near Piccadilly.
The clean-up began on Tuesday morning.
The next day, the police also received reports of damage to the ‘Allies Statue’ of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in New Bond Street, the Canada Memorial in Green Park, The Royal Marine Memorial in The Mall and also the Yvonne Fletcher memorial in St James’s Square. In all cases, white paint had been splashed on the memorials. The police believe the suspect first damaged the Bomber Command memorial, before heading along the Mall towards Trafalgar Square, adding they would have passed Canada House in the direction of St James’s Square before ending on Jermyn Street.
Detective Inspector Dave Watkinson, said: “I am hopeful that due to this person’s odd appearance, someone may remember seeing them making their way to or from the statues. As a result of the damage caused, the suspect would have left the scenes covered in white paint. This wanton vandalism continues to illicit a strong response from the community. We have carried out an extensive review of local CCTV and are now satisfied that the person in the images released today is responsible for the damage. While it is not possible to identify the person’s face, someone may recognise their clothing. I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us.”