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Man Charged With Defacing Sydney War Memorial

A "senseless" act

Man Charged With Defacing Sydney War Memorial

A man has been charged with defacing a statue of a soldier at the Cenotaph commemorating those who died in WWI in Sydney's Martin Place.

The 43-year-old was captured on CCTV at about 9.30pm on Thursday removing flowers from a wreath and putting them in the statue's hand, NSW Police said.

He also allegedly placed a cigarette lighter on the statue's arm, put a cigarette in its rifle and then poured beer on its feet.

The man was arrested nearby and charged with committing an offensive act in or on a war memorial and wilfully damaging or defacing a protected place.

He's been granted conditional bail and is due to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on September 5.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was a "senseless" act.

"An attack on any war memorial is an attack on Australian values and the heroic legacy of our veterans," she tweeted on Friday.

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