3 people are under arrest over vandalizing AIDS memorial

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The Beacon of Hope memorial in Manchester’s Sackville Gardens is one of the only permanent memorials in the UK in memory of those who died during AIDS crisis period. According to the latest report from Manchester Evening News memorial tiles were smashed, while photographs laid in memory of the deceased appear to have been burnt. Three men, aged 22, 23, and 33, were arrested in connection with the incident, which police are not treating as a hate crime. A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police confirmed: “At about 1:15 AM on January 8, police were called to Sackville Gardens in Manchester city centre, to a report that the tribute tiles placed on the Beacon of Hope monument had been damaged. Officers attended and three men aged 22, 23, and 33 were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

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