A man who urinated on a war memorial plaque and scratched obscene words on to a pavement in South Gloucestershire has been jailed. John Rocky Ayres, 34, was charged with desecrating the World War I monument in Mangotsfield on 26 April.

Ayres, of no fixed abode, denied urinating on the memorial, North Avon Magistrates' Court was told. Jailing him for 11 weeks, magistrates said his behaviour was "so serious" only custody was appropriate.

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