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Tamworth war memorial vandalised

An investigation is underway after one of the city's war memorials was vandalised.

On Wednesday, officers from Oxley Police District were called to the War Memorial Gates at ANZAC Park in East Tamworth, following reports of vandalism.

The gate had been damaged, which caused one of the veteran’s names on the memorial site to be destroyed.

An investigation is underway with officers urging any witnesses or anyone with vision of the incident to come forward.

Jayne McCarthy, president of the Tamworth RSL Sub-Branch, said it was disappointing and insulting to see a memorial vandalised.

"It shows a complete disregard for what it is all about," she added.

"It's not the first time something like this has happened, and last time we had to go through a grants process and it was quite expensive.

"We are lucky that council does an amazing job of looking after our memorials, I will be meeting with them to discuss this."

Ms McCarthy added that as there is no information as to why or why someone committed these acts, she would encourage residents to let police do their job before any assumptions are made.

"We thank the public for their support," she said.

Anyone wishing to rally behind the Tamworth Sub-Branch is welcome to attend the family-friendly Sandakan Commemoration Service at 5pm on this Saturday at Anzac Park.

Widely considered to be the single worst atrocity suffered by Australian servicemen during the Second World War, the Sandakan Death Marches were a series of forced marches in Borneo from Sandakan to Ranau which resulted in the deaths of 2,345 Allied prisoners of war held captive in the Sandakan POW Camp by Japan.

By the end of the war, of all the prisoners who had been incarcerated at Sandakan and Ranau, only six Australians survived, following their escape.

2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the final Death March in 1945.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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