‘Yobbos who vandalise war memorials should face jail’, says Notts MP

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson is backing a Parliamentary bill which could see a maximum prison sentence of 10 years imposed on those who vandalise war memorials.

The new bill was introduced by Stoke-on-Trent MP Jonathan Gullis in the House of Commons on Tuesday, June 23.

Mr Anderson, who has before spoken out about the vandalism of war memorials in London during the Black Lives Matter protests, says he is now “fighting back” alongside his “comrade”, Mr Gullis.

Currently, only offences of criminal damage where damage exceeds £5,000 can be dealt with at Crown Court.

Any incident under this amount is heard by the magistrates, who can impose a maximum sentence of six months.

In a video posted on Twitter, he said: “Today we started our fight back against the yobs who damage our war memorials.

“We will not tolerate this behaviour. We are fed up to the back teeth of idiots and yobbos coming to Whitehall and desecrating our war memorials.”

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Tory MP Mr Anderson was last seen helping remove graffiti from the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, after it was daubed with the words “[Churchill] was a racist”.

The new private member’s bill started by Stoke-on-Trent north MP Mr Gullis, would remove the £5,000 threshold and increase the prison sentences.

MPs voted in favour of Mr Gullis’ bill, and it will now get a second reading in the House of Commons in September.

In the video with Mr Anderson, Mr Gullis added: “This bill is designed to make sure that if you desecrate our war memorials like we saw when someone tried to burn the flag, the Union flag, on the cenotaph, they could face up to 10 years in prison, and no maximum fine, it is unlimited.

“And it is to ensure that we allow our judges to make the decision about whether or not it should go to Crown Court.

“I am sick and tired of people taking advantage of these memorials for our glorious dead. We should always show them the ultimate respect.”

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