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.
Sussex Police said the vandalism, discovered during a site visit, was “disappointing”.
— Sussex Police Rural Crime Team (@SussexRuralCops) September 5, 2022
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.
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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