VANDALS have covered a tribute to a World War One soldier with graffiti tags.

The plaque is on the house where Lieutenant Ernest Beal, one of three servicemen from Brighton to receive the Victoria Cross, was born.

He was given the award after braving heavy enemy fire to rescue a heavily wounded soldier who had been abandoned.
He died the next day, March 22, 1918, from injuries he sustained.

Paul Clark, who owns Clark’s Meats and Poultry in Lewes Road, Brighton, was horrified to find the bright pink paint daubed.

The numbers 1312 relate to the alphabet, so means ACAB, which he said stands for ‘all cops are b******s’.