Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Scotland news: Vandals spray ‘SNP’ over Scottish war memorial – ‘Disrespectful’ | UK | News

The Scottish National Party () moved swiftly to distance itself from the incident, with the ’s candidate for the seat condemning the incident as an “outrage”. The slogan was painted on a concrete block at the side of the memorial, which is near town hall, at some time between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The graffiti appeared just hours after SNP leader made her third campaign visit to the islands in a month.

Volunteers have now scrubbed the letters off the slab.

Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch said: “Vandalism is never acceptable in any circumstances and damaging a war memorial is a particularly disrespectful act.

Tom Wills, candidate for Shetland, said: “I am appalled, outraged and hurt by this heartless attack on our memorial honouring those who died protecting all our freedoms.

“Needless to say this attack has absolutely nothing to do with my campaign or the SNP.

“Whoever is responsible should be ashamed and subject to the full consequences of the law.

“I strongly urge anyone with information to contact the police so we can find out who is responsible for this mindless act of vandalism.”

Anyone with information can contact police in Lerwick on 101.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Liberal Democrat MSP and former party leader in Scotland who resigned to take a new role at Scottish Rugby.

Shetland is currently the Lib Dem’s safest seat in , with Mr Scott winning a 44.3 percent majority over his rivals, having taken two-thirds of the vote.

In 2007, he did even better, with a 50.1 percent majority.

Beatrice Wishart is contesting the seat for the Lib Dems this time round, with along with Labour’s Johan Adamson, the Tories’ Brydon Goodlad, Debra Nicolson for the Scottish Greens, Stuart Martin for UKIP, plus three independent candidates.

Lerwick is the main town and port of the , with a population of 7,000, located 211 miles north-north-east of Aberdeen, and 123 miles off the Scottish mainland.

It is the most northerly and easterly town in Scotland.

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