Newly restored Malvern Cenotaph vandalized

Police were called to Malvern Avenue on Nov. 6 after a resident found the newly restored First World War memorial statue and cenotaph wrapped in blue duct tape.

The statue had been the centre of attention only two days earlier as a large ceremony took place to unveil the newly restored monument.

The original monument had been vandalized many times before, leaving it with missing letters and a broken right hand and missing sword. That triggered a community effort to restore it which cost nearly $45,000.

Damage is estimated to be $2,000. The tape caused damage to the surface of the statue and some of the letters were broken off.

The four culprits were caught on a surveillance camera, and police are appealing to the public to identify them and bring them to justice.

Anyone with information is asked to call 55 Division at 416-808-5500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TorontoPolice


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