Rochdale cenotaph: third teenager charged with criminal damage

Date published: 15 November 2023

A third teenage boy has been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage and theft after the Rochdale Cenotaph was sprayed with 'Free Palestine' graffiti in early November.

The latest boy to be charged cannot be named due to legal reasons and follows two charges made last week.

Two teenage boys - who cannot be legally identified due to their ages - were charged in connection with the incident on 10 November.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Round said: “I want to reassure the public that we take incidents like this extremely seriously and we have been working hard alongside local partners. Criminal damage towards cenotaphs will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester and we will be robust in bringing those responsible to justice.

“We are still appealing for information about these events and ask that reports be made by contacting 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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