Communist symbols smeared in vandalism of second Margaret Thatcher statue

A brand new statue of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been vandalized for the second time in its first two weeks. The £300,000 monument was installed in the Baroness’ hometown of Grantham, but eggs were immediately thrown at it.

And now, last night (Saturday), the statue was attacked again with red paint spilled on it and communist symbols plastered on the fences surrounding the site.

Peter A Tully, who took photos of the vandalism, told Lincolnshire Live: “Support for the statue is 50/50 in Grantham but nationwide it’s probably 70/30 against. It’s a controversial story.” Grantham resident Wayne Dean, 52, said: “I never liked her, but this vandalism is out of place. It’s a shame. It’s not necessary.”

Police said: “Just before 11.15pm on Saturday May 28, we received reports of a person shown on CCTV acting suspiciously near the site. Officers attended and found graffiti had been spray painted on the barriers surrounding the statue, no damage was thought to have been done to the statue itself, this is being treated as criminal damage and an investigation is ongoing.

Previously, a university worker was fined £90 after throwing eggs at a statue. Jeremy Webster, deputy director of the Attenborough Arts Center at the University of Leicester, was photographed and filmed laying the eggs shortly after the memorial was installed in Grantham, Lincolnshire on May 15.

The university said it “does not condone degradation” after the incident and said the matter was being handled in accordance with its procedures. Three eggs were thrown at the monument with a cry of “oi” heard after one hit its target.

Lincolnshire Police said they spoke with the 59-year-old and he was served a fixed fine notice under Section 5 of the Public Order Act. Two CCTV cameras have been installed around the memorial to combat any threat of vandalism, the local council said.

Reports originally presented to South Kesteven District Council showed the statue had been moved to the area due to fears of a ‘motivated far left movement… which may be engaged in public activism’ .

After a large-scale £100,000 unveiling ceremony was approved by the council in 2020, a Facebook group offering an ‘egg-throwing contest’ at the event sparked interest from more than 13 000 people.

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