20 July 2024

Stonehenge vandalised by protestors

Wiltshire Police have made arrests after Stonehenge was vandalised by protestors this morning.

The incident happened at around noon, when protestors sprayed orange paint on some of the stones at the landmark.

It comes on the eve of the Summer Solstice celebrations, which draw thousands of people to the ancient stones.

In a statement, they said, “We have arrested two people following an incident at Stonehenge this afternoon 19th June.

“At around noon, we responded to a report that orange paint had been sprayed on some of the stones by two suspects.

“Officers attended the scene and arrested two people on suspicion of damaging the ancient monument.  

“Our enquiries are ongoing, and we are working closely with English Heritage.”

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson praised the quick actions of Wiltshire Police to arrest and remove the protestors.

He said: “The right to peaceful protest is the cornerstone of any democracy but wilful defacing of an ancient monument, such as Stonehenge, with the aim of causing disruption to the majority is not a position I support.

“The quick, and robust, way in which Wiltshire Police officers have taken control of the situation is to be applauded.”

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns