Much-loved Scarborough statue vandalised
10:58am 27th January 2012
(Updated 3:48pm 27th January 2012)
Scarborough Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a much-loved statue was vandalised last night (Thursday 26 January 2012).
Police received a call from a member of the public at 8.15pm last night reporting that yellow paint had been thrown over the giant statue known as Freddie situated on Marine Drive overlooking North Bay.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area of the statue last night or knows who is responsible to come forward.
Inspector Tony Quinn of Scarborough’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
“The statue is much loved by people in the town and many residents are very angry about this mindless vandalism.
“The statue was kindly saved for the town by a local resident at considerable cost and the incident has deeply upset local people.
“We will do everything in our power to find those responsible and are seeking the help of members of the public to help find the suspects.
“We are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of the statue prior to 8.15pm on Thursday evening, or anyone who believes they know who is responsible.
“We are also appealing to any shop owners who recall selling yellow gloss paint to anyone, any parents whose children or teenagers were out last night and may have had access to yellow paint, to please contact the police as soon as possible.
“It is vital that the people responsible are held to account for their actions.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Alex Parker.
Or, if you do not want to give your name, you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Thank you to @JoshGiddings and @paulgibson29 on Twitter for the photo:
Freddie Gilroy statue - £500 reward offered in vandalism case
Police update at 3.30pm
A Scarborough business man has offered a £500 reward for information which leads to the arrest and charge of the people responsible for throwing paint over the statue of Freddie Gilroy which overlooks North Bay in Scarborough.
Inspector Tony Quinn of Scarborough's Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
"Many people have been outraged by this disgraceful and mindless act and we urge anyone who knows who the people responsible are, to contact us immediately.
"Freddie is much loved by the people of Scarborough and he was saved for the town by a generous local resident at considerable expense.
"We are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the North Bay area prior to 8.15pm on Thursday evening, or anyone who believes they know who is responsible, to come forward.
"We are also appealing to any shop owners who recall selling yellow gloss paint to anyone, any parents whose children or teenagers were out last night and may have had access to yellow paint, to please contact the police as soon as possible.
"It is vital that the people responsible are held to account for their actions."
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