Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses after vandals threw 50 poppy wreaths from the Cenotaph War Memorial in Swindon Town Centre.
Wiltshire Police Officers on patrol in the early hours discovered the wreaths had been removed and thrown on the street in an 80-metre radius of the memorial.
The attack is believed to have happened in the early hours of Saturday around 04:38.
Swindon South Police posted on Facebook:
“This was a mindless act of vandalism and shows complete disregard for those service men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice in service of this country.”
Within four hours, the post had been shared more than 1,000 times and received more than 300 comments.
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard urged people to identify those responsible.
Wiltshire Police have said that enquiries are ongoing and they urge that anyone who was in the area at the time that has any information that could assist the police to contact 101 and ask to speak to SPC 4448 Scott-Barrett regarding CRN 54190003682 or to contact Crimestoppers