WEST Dorset MP Chris Loder has given his backing to a new bill which could see those of desecrate war memorials face up tot ten years in prison.
Mr Loder is one of 125 Conservative MPs who have offered their support to the new Desecration of War Memorials Bill, which will be presented in the House of Commons on June 23.
The proposed bill comes after several statues and memorials across the country have become targets amid anti-racism protests. In Lyme Regis, an information board next to the statue of former mayor Admiral Sir George Somers was vandalised with the word ‘murderer’.
Mr Loder said: “In recent weeks we have witnessed scenes where protests in Central London, and elsewhere, have been used by vandals and thugs intent on defacing war memorials such as The Cenotaph, the statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the Monument to the Women of World War II.
“As has been proved this past week, these memorials are often vandalised too, during violent clashes, with injury to Police officers and members of the public as a result.
“Our war memorials, in every village and town across this nation, are sacrosanct to the memory of those who died for us and for the freedoms we enjoy today. I want to see those who vandalise them receive a penalty that is appropriate for the crime. That is why I will be fully supporting this bill, in the grateful memory of all those whom these memorials represent.”
Demonstrators who desecrate war memorials could face prison sentences of up to ten years under the proposed new bill.