A Grade Two listed Bury St Edmunds landmark, which community groups helped restore, has been vandalised.
Damage to the Blanchard Planter in St Mary’s Square, an ornate multi-bed floral ornament dating from 1874, was discovered early on Tuesday.
One of its stone urns had been overturned and police say there was other damage.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council says it is assessing the amount of damage, but one urn has been removed from the structure.
Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury cabinet member for Leisure and Culture said:“I deplore the mindless damage to this beautiful listed artefact, so recently the object of considerable care by a raft of organisations across the town.
“While the police are investigating the incident, we are working with specialists to assess the damage and consider the way forward.”
The Listed Buildings register describes it as: “A central ornate flower pedestal stands on a square stepped and moulded base which has a square pedestal surmounted by an urn at each corner with a small flower bed below in a moulded circular terra cotta surround.”
It has the maker’s mark ‘MH Blanchard, London, 1874’ stamped into the terracotta.
Suffolk Police ask anyone with information about the vandalism to call Bury St Edmunds police station on 101 quoting reference 41136/16.