The creator of a solider statue that was meant to symbolise harmony has spoken out after it was vandalised.

Anton Schembri, from Hook, put his hand-made design on display for VE Day last month.

Last week he decided to write 'black lives matter' on it in solidarity with the protests that have been taking place in Basingstoke and around the world.

"I felt I may need to remind others of the sacrifice that the numerous races the Commonwealth who also sacrificed their lives in both wars," he said.

Basingstoke Gazette:

"Those men stood as equals in the face of fascist discrimination, yet discrimination remains.

"As such I wrote that writing on my own work on my own property in a peaceful protest."

But in the dead of night, someone decided to come on to the property and wipe off the black lives matter lettering.

"Shame on the sad person who vandalised a peaceful protest," Mr Schembri added.

"To the person who did it, perhaps try and create your own works rather than destroy the work of others."

Basingstoke Gazette:

Anton has since built a new sign that isn’t in the shape of a solider but is in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

BLM protests in Basingstoke continued throughout the weekend, as residents lent their voice to the thousands of others across the country supporting the movement.

After gathering in the town on Thursday and Friday, hundreds of people were again seen assembling in Eastrop Park to spread their anti-racism message.

Basingstoke Gazette:

Police told the Gazette that the event remained “peaceful throughout” as speakers addressed the crowds, attendees chanted in unison and dropped to one knee for nine minutes - roughly the same amount of time that a police officer knelt on George Floyd's neck as he died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last month.