Teenagers charged with racially aggravated criminal damage after 'Free Palestine' graffiti sprayed on Rochdale Cenotaph

Date published: 10 November 2023

The two teenagers arrested after 'Free Palestine' graffiti was sprayed on Rochdale Cenotaph earlier this week have been charged.

The boys cannot be legally identified due to their ages.

One has been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage, whilst the other has been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage and theft. Both have been released on bail.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Round said: “I hope the swift charges provide some reassurance to the public that our investigation is moving at pace.

“I understand the emotional distress that has been caused in the local community by the damage to the cenotaph and our team of detectives will continue working tirelessly to hold those responsible to account.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact GMP by calling 101 quoting incident 1294 of 07/11/23.

Anonymous reports can be made via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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