Bunkers at Noirmont Point vandalised with swastikas

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About 40 swastikas have been found painted in black and gold paint on the German fortifications prompting the Channel Islands Occupation Society to urge anyone with any information to come forward to the police.

Tony Pike, a committee member and press officer of the CIOS, said he believed that the malicious damage at Noirmont along with an almost identical attack on bunkers in St Ouen last month had been carried out by the same culprits.

‘It looks to me like it’s the same person, it’s in the same style [gold and black spray-paint], hand and size,’ Mr Pike said. ‘Police seem to think it is possibly a re-offending group due to the scale of the damage done.’

It is thought that the vandals struck sometime between 15 and 22 August.

Mr Pike, who has been a CIOS member since 1978 said that in the past ‘three to four years’ swastikas had been painted on bunkers around the Island about ‘five to six times’.

He added that Jersey’s bunkers were important to the Island’s military history and that they attracted ‘thousands of tourists by the coach-load’. He said: ‘This sort of thing is the last thing they need to see.’

Mr Pike said that the States police have been ‘very supportive’ and said that ‘in cases like this we really depend on information from the public to catch these people.’

Michael Bougeard, a St Brelade Centenier, said the vandalism was ‘a real concern’.

He added: ‘We do carry out regular patrols of the area and regularly meet with the States police when these things come up. The chances of catching someone red handed however, are quite remote in these cases.’

Mr Bougeard said that there have been other instances of vandalism in St Brelade this summer including vandals daubing rude pictures on top of a bunker.

The most recent incident was preceded by an almost identical attack on bunkers in St Ouen in July where Swastikas were painted and vandals also tried to break into the fortifications using drills.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 612612 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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