Man, 21, is held after urinating on cenotaph

The cenotaph in Bristol city centre
The cenotaph in Bristol city centre

A man has been ordered to apologise to war veterans after he urinated on a war memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

Police said the 21-year-old was held in Bristol after relieving himself on the city’s cenotaph in Colston Avenue at 2.20am, just hours before it was to be the focus of the city’s remembrance commemorations.

He was detained by Avon and Somerset Police for several hours before being released on Sunday afternoon.

A force spokesman said: “He has been released with a conditional caution with a requirement that he attends a victim awareness course, which he will have to pay for.

“He is also required to send a letter of apology to the Royal British Legion.

“If he fails to comply with the conditions of the caution, his case will be referred to the courts.”

The memorial featured in the Remembrance Day Parade and ceremony featuring veterans, Reserve units and cadets, led by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander.