People in the Gorbals created a unique tribute to one of their own, who died in action and whose bravery earned him the Victoria Cross.
Whether it was vandalism or theft for scrap it is contemptible and hopefully the culprits will be caught, shamed and punished.
If it is theft, it is the latest example of why a crackdown on rogue scrap dealers, who accept material knowing it is most likely to have been stolen, is needed.
Often the targets are plaques or monuments, lead from roofs or cables from railways, leaving buildings at risk of flooding or people exposed to electrical dangers.
Hopefully, the new rules to be introduced will stop dealers accepting stolen metals and with no market for their stolen goods the thefts will stop.
This new scheme must be embraced by all the legitimate dealers and enforced by the industry and licensing authorities to ensure it is effective.
The increase in this crime in recent years as prices rise has caused distress to many and left others with hefty repair bills.
It is to be hoped this is the first step to putting the thieves out of business.