Vandals damage Thetford’s ‘Prince’

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A statue in the grounds of a Thetford school has been attacked by vandals.

A six-foot statue of a stag in the front car park of Queensway Infant and Nursery School, in Queensway, was pushed over between 11.30pm on Saturday and 1am on Sunday, causing extensive damage to the legs and hooves.

The statue was a gift to the school and had been painted by the pupils as part of a competition.

Headteacher Linda Grainger said: “As the head of the school I was really upset when I heard what had happened to our stag ‘Prince’. The staff and children just couldn’t believe anyone would do something like this.

“Every class had drawn and painted their woodland creatures on him and we were all so proud of the results. Wanting to share him with the community we placed him at the front of the school so he could belong to everyone, I know he made many people smile as they went past.

“After the vandals struck, we have been overwhelmed with the support and the shared feelings of the community. From Facebook to letters, offers of help with restoring him and people just stopping by and telling us how much he meant to them as well as the children.

“I hope he will be able to be repaired, but he is rather badly damaged, it is fingers crossed.”

Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should contact PCSO Gavin Tampin at Thetford Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.