Shock as sculpture ‘beheaded’ on trail

Volunteers and staff at North Blackpool Pond Trail say they were saddened to see a specially commissioned sculpture worth hundreds of pounds has been deliberately vandalised
Volunteers and staff at North Blackpool Pond Trail say they were saddened to see a specially commissioned sculpture worth hundreds of pounds has been deliberately vandalised
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It seems no park in Blackpool is safe from vandals.

Volunteers at Blackpool North Pond Trail (NBPT)have said they have been left “heartbroken” after a sculpture in the conservation area was beheaded by thugs.

The wooden carving of a totem pole and heron, which was commissioned and funded by the Friends of Kincraig Lake at a cost of around £750, was vandalised last week.

Staff at the pond trail, which sprawls from Kincraig Lake to Holyoake Avenue in Bispham, are now left with a bill running into hundreds of pounds to repair the damage.

NBPT project officer Pauline Taylor said: “It is so sad to see mindless vandalism.

“This carving was commissioned and paid for by local people volunteering and working to make the Pond Trail a lovely place to live.

“We’re all heartbroken.”

The Charlie Cairoli statue in Stanley Park has been the recent target for vandals and last week trampolines were trashed and nearby boats on the boating lake were sunk

The ruined sculpture on the pond trail was discovered by council officers on Thursday. The thugs have taken a saw to theneck of the heron before snapping it off.

Mrs Taylor added: “It’s soul destroying when you put effort in and see it destroyed.”

Lancashire Police is investigating the incident, which happened some time between May 27 and 30.

A police spokesman said: “The community have raised money for a sculpture in the form of a totem pole with a heron on top.

“The head of the heron has been partly sawn and then snapped off.”

Anyone with any information is asked contact police on 101, quoting log: LC-20130603-0424.

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