Historic Sussex RAF control tower vandalized by graffiti

A GRADE II listed control tower on a base used during World War II was destroyed by graffiti.

The derelict tower on the former RAF base at Tangmere near Chichester was erected in 1944 to replace the original building which was destroyed by German bombing in August 1940.

The Argus: Former control tower vandalized by graffiti: Credit - Sussex Police Rural Crime TeamThe former control tower was vandalized by graffiti: Credit – Sussex Police Rural Crime Team

Sussex Police said the vandalism, discovered during a site visit, was “disappointing”.

The base was an important battle station during the war and played a notable role in the Battle of Britain, with the control tower being used for missions to occupy Europe towards the end of the conflict.

The historic building also contributed to significant moments in the later history of the airfield, including the breaking of two world speed records.

The Argus: The Derelict Control Tower Today: Credit - Sussex Police Rural Crime TeamThe derelict control tower today: Credit – Sussex Police Rural Crime Team

However, the tower has fallen into disrepair since the base closed in 1970, despite campaigns by local residents to keep the building in good condition.

The tower is one of the last remaining structures from the RAF base, with the runways removed to make use of farmland.

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