A 17-year-old boy has appeared in court today after allegedly destroying an Anzac memorial at a Hamilton school while intoxicated.
What the memorial looked like prior to its 'desecration'.
Police say the boy was arrested following a review of CCTV footage. He appeared in the Hamilton District Court charged with wilful damage. He entered no plea.
Sergeant Jonathan Clark of the Hamilton Police Tactical Unit called it a "senseless act" and said the gravity of the attack and the impact on pupils at Berkley Intermediate School, who had spent recent weeks studying the significance of Anzac Day, resonated with police.
"The students had made each of the crosses, learned about the soldiers who were named on them and taken great effort to display them in front of the school.
"Staff at the school told us it was a huge and meaningful learning experience for the students and then at about 3am today, an intoxicated 17-year-old male desecrated the memorial."
The teenager has name suppression and has been bailed to reappear on July 1st.