A WAR memorial in Bathurst has allegedly been defaced in an afternoon attack in the middle of the central business district.
About 3pm on Thursday, police were called following reports a man was allegedly seen spray painting the Boer War Memorial in Kings Parade.
Officers attached to the Chifley Police District responded and while patrolling, spoke to a man in Simpsons Lane.
MAP: The location of the Boer War Memorial
As police identified themselves, the man allegedly armed himself with a golf club.
The 39-year-old man was restrained and arrested. The officers were not injured.
During a search of his property, officers allegedly located spray paint, cannabis, and various pieces of drug paraphernalia.
The man was taken to Bathurst Police Station where he was charged with wilfully damage or deface any protected place, destroy or damage property, use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, supply prohibited drug, and possess prohibited drug.
He was refused bail to appear in Bathurst Local Court on Friday.
The spray paint on the war memorial has since been clean off by Bathurst Regional Council staff.
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