Shameless vandals who damaged artworks in Gedling Country Park have been condemned by a councillor.
The new sculptures, which are dotted along the park’s new nature trail, were only unveiled two weeks ago, but were discovered damaged earlier today (14).
Gedling Borough Council now believe the damage was caused on Monday (13).
Now Cllr Michael Payne, who is deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council and helped fund the sculptures has condemned the act by a ‘mindless thug’.
😠😠😠 Some mindless thug has vandalised our Rabbit sculpture at Gedling Country Park just weeks after it was installed as part of a Nature Trail for families. Any information please contact @GedlingBC. We will do everything we can to find the vandals & bring them to justice. 👇 pic.twitter.com/cvxiO6563Z
— Michael Payne (@MichaelPayneUK) August 14, 2018
The Leader of the Council, Cllr John Clarke visited the park today to see the damage to the sculptures and spoke about his anger at what has happened and has asked for any witnesses to get in touch.
Posted by Gedling Country Park on Wednesday, 15 August 2018
He told his Twitter followers: “Some mindless thug has vandalised our rabbit sculpture at Gedling Country Park just weeks after it was installed as part of a nature trail for families.
“We will do everything we can to find the vandals and bring them to justice.”
The sculptures of a rabbit and also a fox were targeted by vandals; the ears have been broken off both sculptures.
The council now fear it could cost hundreds of pounds to carry out repairs.
The sculptures were part of a new nature trail was only opened to the public two weeks ago.
The wooden artwork has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Co-op Gedling’s community fund along with a donation from Cllr Payne’s funding pot.
Anyone with any information should contact Gedling Borough Council or Nottinghamshire Police on 101.
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