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Colombia mayor seeks plaque removal

A Colombian mayor is seeking the removal of a plaque commemorating an 18th century battle less than a week after it was unveiled by Prince Charles.

Cartegena mayor Dionisio Velez said he is asking a city commission to remove the plaque, which has been widely criticised for honouring British victims of an assault on the city in 1741. Police say they have already arrested one man for trying to destroy it.

The plaque unveiled on Friday by the Prince of Wales recalls the "valour and suffering of all those who died in combat whilst seeking to take the city" from the Spanish crown.

It is fixed to the emblematic San Felipe de Barajas castle, close to a statue of a Colombian leader who repelled the attack.

Charles left Colombia on Sunday for Mexico.

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