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Vandals Painted 'Blair Lied Thousands Died' On 7/7 Memorial

Monday 7th July 2014

A memorial to victims of the July 7th bombings in London has been defaced just hours before a service is due to be held remembering those who died.

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The stainless steel columns of the memorial in Hyde Park were painted overnight with the slogans "4Innocent Muslims" and "Blair Lied Thousands Died".

A Royal Parks spokeswoman said: "We found it this morning. It has now been removed and the memorial can go ahead as planned. Obviously, we are very disappointed."

A Metropolitan Police statement read: "Officers were called by a member of the public shortly before 3.30 this morning and informed of the graffiti, which is being treated as criminal damage.

"The graffiti consisted of several short sentences written in red and black paint and has now been cleaned off the memorial.

"Inquiries continue led by officers from Westminster - there have been no arrests at this time."

The monument honouring the 52 people who died in the attack on London's transport system in 2005 cost nearly 1 million and has 52 stainless steel columns.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is urged to call 101.