Vandals who scrawled 'X Factor 2018' graffiti on city centre war memorial are branded a disgrace

Vandals who scrawled graffiti on a city centre war memorial have been branded a ‘disgrace’.

The cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, which pays tribute to those who gave their lives for their country, is believed to have been targeted at some point over the weekend.

The words ‘Parisa Marie’ have been written on the Tesco-facing wall of the memorial in black capital letters and underneath them ‘X Factor 2018’.

Ellie Lomas, a town planning consultant, spotted the graffiti on Monday evening on her way home from work.

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The 26-year-old said she could not believe someone could be so disrespectful.

She told the M.E.N: “It’s just disgusting – especially if someone has done it to try and promote their singing career.

“They could have targeted any other part of the city and it still would’ve been annoying but it would not have been this disrespectful.”

City centre spokesman councillor Pat Karney branded those responsible as a ‘disgrace’ and warned they would be caught.

He said: “This is disgusting and an insult to all those people who gave their lives to save Manchester.

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“Of all the places in the city for graffiti to be it should not be on our war memorial. We will be looking at the CCTV cameras to find the perpetrator.”

Coun Karney added that the graffiti would be cleaned up first thing on Tuesday morning.

The cenotaph in St Peter’s Square was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It is a First World War memorial, with later conflicts added in the years following.

It was dismantled in 2014 by Manchester council, who moved it to the northwest corner of St Peter’s Square next to Manchester Town Hall to make room for the Metrolink expansion.