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Two charged over Manchester Gay Village memorial damage

the Beacon of Hope monument in Sackville Gardens, Manchester Image copyright Google
Image caption The Beacon of Hope monument is in Sackville Gardens, Manchester city centre

Two men have been charged after a memorial in Manchester's Gay Village was damaged.

Officers were called at about 01:15 GMT on Sunday to a report tribute tiles placed on the Beacon of Hope monument in Sackville Gardens had been damaged.

Two men, both 23, were charged with criminal damage. A 32-year-old man, who was also arrested remains in custody.

The incident is not being treated as a hate crime, a police spokeswoman said.

The Beacon of Hope is a permanent memorial for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

The two men have been bailed to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates court on 24 January.

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