Two heartless people have been caught on camera desecrating a sacred war memorial in Southport.

The pair were caught by shocked onlookers scratching the stone and etching sweat words into the monument near to London Street this afternoon.

The duo who have yet to be formally identified have had their images passed on to Merseyside Police and an investigation is underway.

It follows a similar incident on Saturday night where two skaters used the memorial as a trick ramp and were chased off by angry passers by.

Anyone who may be able to identify this duo is asked to call 101.