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Girl sentenced over Wolverhampton war memorial graffiti

War veterans at the Cenotaph (Pic courtesy of Express and Star)
Image caption War veterans at the Cenotaph (Pic courtesy of Express and Star)

A teenage girl who vandalised a city's cenotaph has been told her actions were "despicable".

The 14-year-old, from Dudley, was given a nine-month referral order for spray painting Wolverhampton's war memorial in October.

She admitted a charge of criminal damage at a previous hearing at the city's Youth Court.

The graffiti was discovered as members of the Burma Star Association gathered for a reception nearby.

Wolverhampton Youth Court heard the girl was sorry for what she had done.

She admitted her role after police went to her home and her mother told officers she had found a can of paint in a bag.

Chairman of the bench Sandy Gough said: "I think it's a despicable act that you did at the war memorial and I hope that in future you will come to learn what you have done."

The council paid nearly £1,300 to have the graffiti removed.

The girl's mother has been ordered to pay £780 compensation.

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