Statue beheaded in St Annes rose garden

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Vandals knocked the head off a statue in Ashton Gardens in broad daylight yesterday.

The damaged statue in Ashton GardensThe damaged statue in Ashton Gardens

“They have potentially used some sort of device to take the head off, because it is quite a solid statue. You would need some heavy blunt force to take the head off, so they may have used something to remove it.”

A Fylde Council spokesman said: “We’re devastated at the damage caused in Ashton Gardens yesterday

“Whilst most people appreciate our beautiful gardens and treat them with respect, it appears the minority are intent on spoiling it for the rest of us.

“We’ve seen an increase in anti-social behaviour throughout the borough in recent weeks, but the good news is our security teams will be stepping up their existing patrols.

“Our teams are clearing up the debris this morning and the incident is being logged with the police. We have recovered the head of the statue and will be organising repairs through a specialist stonemason.”

Anyone who knows anything in relation to the criminal damage is asked to call 101 quoting log number LC-20210604-0485.