A SENIOR police officer has described how a parent was "almost physically sick" when they found out their child was suspected for damage at a war memorial.

Last month the Border Telegraph revealed that a poppy wreath was set alight at Hawick.

And at today's Police, Fire & Rescue Service and Safer Communities Board meeting, Chief Inspector Andy McLean said officers had investigated two 14-year-olds in connection with the incident.

He said: "There has been a few high profile incidents and as many of you will know a wreath was damaged at Hawick War Memorial.

"We have spoken to the parents of two 14-year-olds about this incident.

"As it happens they were responsible parents who were disgusted. In fact, one was almost physically sick."