A man has been charged with vandalizing the Manchester Arena memorial.
The Glade of Light, a white marble “halo” bearing the names of the 22 people murdered in the May 2017 attack, opened to the public last month.
Anwar Hosseni, 24, of Twillbrook Drive, Salford is charged with criminal damage, Greater Manchester Police have said
A police spokesman said: ‘Yesterday morning (Wednesday) Greater Manchester Police were notified of damage to the Glade of Light Memorial, Victoria Street.
Hosseni was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on March 23.
The memorial is located between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music, at the foot of Fennel Street where it joins Victoria Street.
An official opening is planned for the spring of 2022, before the fifth anniversary of the suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s suicide attack 22, at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
The tribute is designed as a living memorial – a peaceful garden space for remembrance and reflection, with plants that grow naturally in the British countryside and have been selected to provide year-round color and echo the changes of seasons.
Around the anniversary of each year, May 22, the white flowers of a hawthorn planted in its center will bloom.