Swastika bunker graffiti: Cameras to be installed
SECURITY cameras are going to be installed in Second World War bunkers after swastikas were sprayed on an Occupation-era fortification for the third time in three years.
The Channel Islands Occupation Society – which preserves and protects many of the Island’s bunkers – has again removed the Nazi symbol from a number of walls at Batterie Lothringen at Noirmont.
Tony Pike, the society’s president and press officer, said the latest incidents happened after the D-Day commemorations. He added that he was fed up with having to clean off the symbols.
‘It has happened again which is disappointing, because these are places that bring tourism to Jersey,’ Mr Pike said.
‘I don’t want to have to scrub it off again next year, so we are looking at other measures we can use.
‘We will be putting in cameras in some areas to catch this person red handed.
‘I believe it is the same person. I can tell that the symbols have been sprayed on the same. He is just going through the colour chart.
‘It could be someone who objected to fortification, or it could be a neo-Nazi – and I think it is.’ Mr Pike said other graffiti linked to extreme Nazi ideology had been found.
‘They have sprayed HH and SS, which makes me think it is a neo-Nazi trying to spread their own agendas,’ he added. ‘They hide them in little places at the bunkers and the whole graffiti is just disrespectful.’
Mr Pike spent an entire day scrubbing the symbols off and has informed the States police that he believes it is the same person who has committed the acts each time.
He is appealing for people to come forward with any information.
He added: ‘I am sure someone has seen something. He must have used a car to get there, so if someone has made a sighting, get in touch with me or the police.’