Callous thugs have torched a war memorial display in Edinburgh, the day after Remembrance Sunday services. A video showing the damage to the wreaths of poppies was shared on TikTok today.
Lord Provost Robert Aldridge and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday laid wreaths at the service, observing a one-minute silence after the city’s remembrance parade from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.
In a statement issued today, Mr Aldridge said: “Yesterday it was my honour to lay a wreath on behalf of the City of Edinburgh to remember those who served and sacrificed so much.
“The vandalism discovered this morning not only to the recently laid wreaths but also Edinburgh’s Stone of Remembrance is disgusting and disrespectful.
“We remain at a loss for the reasons someone could do something like this which has caused a lot of upset for everyone who respects the memories of all who serve their country.
“We have reported this to the police and would urge anyone who knows anything about what happened to contact them.”
Ms Sturgeon tweeted a picture of her laying a wreath at the memorial yesterday.
One TikTok user wrote: “This is literally the lowest of the low to do this.”
Another added: “I have no words for this act of total disrespect.”
A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesman said engines had been called to an open fire outside of City Chambers at 05:14am this morning.
When they arrived, the fire had already been extinguished.
Express.co.uk has contacted Police Scotland for comment.
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