Statement – vandalism at 7/7 memorial Hyde Park London
July 7, 2014 | Nick Taylor
The 7/7 memorial created in memory of the 52 people who died in the 1 July 2005 bombings was vandalised with each of the pillars being daubed in paint. Police and Royal Park officials were at the scene in the early hours of Monday and a clean up team worked to clean up the graffiti. This was successfully completed in a matter of hours and the area is prepared and ready to hold a commemoration attended by bereaved family members, survivors and members of the public.
The act of vandalism is being investigated.
Jo Dover, representing organisers the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace was at the scene to oversee the clean up and said: “We were disappointed to find graffiti on the 7/7 memorial this morning which has now been removed.
“Today is about remembering the victims and the memorial will go ahead as planned at midday.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘I am shocked and saddened by this incident. It is completely unacceptable and the Metropolitan police is already investigating.
‘I am pleased that the graffiti has been removed so quickly and that today’s commemoration ceremony can go ahead as planned.
“The focus today should be and indeed will be on honouring the 52 innocent people who died on 7/7, the survivors and all those affected by the terrible events of nine years ago.’
A permanent memorial to honour the victims of the 7 July 2005 London Bombings was unveiled in Hyde Park by Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony attended by senior political figures and the families of the 52 killed, on the fourth anniversary of the disaster, Tuesday 7 July 2009.
Constructed from solid-cast, long-lasting stainless steel, each stelae measures 3.5 metres high and is unique, with individual characteristic finishes brought about by the casting process.
Visitors can walk around and through the memorial, reading inscriptions marking the date, time and locations of the bombings placed on each of the stelae as they pass. A stainless steel plaque listing the names of the victims is sited on a grass bank at the far eastern end of the memorial.
You can read more about the commemoration event here – CLICK HERE