AN anti-war campaigner has caused outrage after defacing a statue put in place to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

In an apparent message of peace, the statue, at Southend cenotaph, in Clifftown Gardens, now has a message written upon it in what appears to be in pink and yellow chalk.

It reads: "Teach peace. There is no glory in war. No honor [sic] in killing. Stop supporting war. One love.”

Simon Wilson, from Westcliff, walks along the gardens regularly and was “disgusted” by what he saw.

He told the Echo: “I think it’s disgusting and shows lack of respect. I thought it was chalk but it’s either paint or nail polish.

“It must have happened within the last 24 hours as I walked passed it three times yesterday and it wasn’t there.”

The statues, which commemorate those who fought in the First World War, were installed by Southend Council in a number of locations across the area.

One was previously defaced in November, in Shoebury, within a day of it being on display.