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Vandals set war memorial on fire

A war memorial has been burnt in a "sickening act of mindless vandalism", according to police.

Wreaths placed at the memorial in Crediton, Devon were left scorched by the fire.

Two teenagers - a boy and a girl - were seen running away from the scene towards a park early this morning.

The scorched wreaths have been removed but the blaze also damaged the memorial

Inspector Jane Alford-Mole said the wreaths had been placed there by local groups, including Crediton Women's Institute and Devon and Cornwall Police.

"This is a deeply upsetting crime which will personally affect many of the residents of Crediton," she said.

"The wreaths suffered burn damage and there are a number of scorch marks on the war memorial.

"This is a sickening act of mindless vandalism and we are desperate to identify those responsible."

The two suspects are described as aged about 14 to 15 years old and were both wearing hooded tops.

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