An investigation into criminal damage to the Cenotaph in Rochdale on Tuesday 7 November 2023 has resulted in two teenagers being charged. They cannot be legally identified, due to their ages.
One male has been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage, whilst the other male has been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage and theft. Both have been released on bail.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Round said: “I hope the swift charges provide some reassurance to the public that our investigation is moving at pace. I understand the emotional distress that has been caused in the local community by the damage to the Cenotaph and our team of detectives will continue working tirelessly to hold those responsible to account.”
Anyone with information about the incident should contact GMP by calling 101 quoting incident 1294 of 07/11/23. Anonymous reports can be made via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.