An AIDS memorial in Manchester’s Gay Village was set on fire over the weekend. Police have arrested three men they believe to be responsible for the crime.
The vandals smashed tiles that had been placed on the Beacon of Hope monument, a tribute to those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, and ripped up photos of the deceased, before setting them on fire.
Manchester Evening News reports that the monument is the only permanent AIDS memorial in the UK.
The Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the incident is not being treated as a hate crime.