New South Wales Police have labelled the actions of a group of males caught on CCTV climbing on the Martin Place Cenotaph in the early hours of May 29 as “disrespectful to our fallen”.
Footage released by police on May 31 shows one of the males sitting on the shoulders of a bronze statue as the group appears to pose for photos.
Acting Superintendent Paul Dunstan said the action’s led to one of the soldier’s bayonet being bent.
“I cannot explain what would be running through their minds,” he said in a media conference. “It’s incredibly disappointing because the behaviour is incredibly disrespectful to our fallen.”
Police have urged the group of men to hand themselves in. Credit: NSW Police via Storyful