Carmody Groarke’s memorial to the victims of the 7 July London terrorist attacks was defaced on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the bombings
The memorial in Hyde Park, which comprises 52 stainless steel pillars representing each of the victims who died in the London bombings, was defaced with red and black graffiti depicting phrases including ‘4 innocent muslims’, ‘Blair lied thousand died’ and ‘July 7 truth’. The nearby statue of Achilles was also defaced with the phrase ‘MI5 did 7/7’.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the incident, adding that the Metropolitan Police was investigating the incident, which is being treated as criminal damage.
The graffiti has since been removed, allowing yesterday’s commemoration of the event to go ahead.
Carmody Groarke has so far declined to comment on the incident.