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WATCH: Police release CCTV footage of two men attacking Margaret Thatcher statue in Grantham

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Police release CCTV footage of two hooded suspects after £300,000 Margaret Thatcher statue in her hometown was vandalized with red paint and a communist symbol

  • Margaret Thatcher’s three-meter-tall sculpture has been attacked multiple times
  • The £300,000 work has been erected in the late Prime Minister’s birthplace, Grantham
  • Images show how two masked men approached the statue last Saturday
  • City officials installed cameras at the site to reduce the risk of vandalism

Police have released CCTV footage of two suspects they are hunting in connection with the latest vandalism of the Margaret Thatcher statue.

The £300,000 monument to the former prime minister was targeted for the second time in two weeks last weekend after being installed in Grantham, Lincolnshire, two weeks ago.

Red paint was thrown at the 10-foot-tall granite sculpture, and a communist symbol with red hammer and sickle was painted on the fence surrounding it on Saturday.

Lincolnshire Police today launched a CCTV appeal in an effort to track down two hooded suspects caught on camera in the area at the time.

The 12-second footage shows the duo dressed in black and wearing face masks, with one of them carrying something in a white tote bag.

Lincolnshire Police are looking for these two men who are believed to have vandalized a statue of Margaret Thatcher placed in her native Grantham.

It is believed that the men sprayed red paint on the statue that was placed on a 3-meter high pedestal in an attempt to keep her away from vandals.

It is believed that the men sprayed red paint on the statue that was placed on a 3-meter high pedestal in an attempt to keep her away from vandals.

A police spokesman said: ‘We would like to speak to the individuals in these images who can assist us in our investigation of an incident of criminal damage to the newly erected statue of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The incident took place on May 28 at around 11:10pm at the statue site in St Peters Hill, Grantham.

What is believed to be a can of red paint was thrown at the statue, damaging its surface.

‘A spray can of paint was then used on the surrounding fencing to depict a hammer and sickle.

“The CCTV images aren’t clear enough to show facial features, but we hope the individuals’ distinctive clothing, build and gait can help with identification.

“If you can help, call 101 quoting Incident Number 488 dated May 28.”

On the day the controversial statue was installed, university staffer Jeremy Webster, 59, threw eggs at it and was later fined £90 under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

South Kesteven District Council officially unveiled the statue at a £100,000 ceremony in the Iron Lady’s birthplace.

Council leader Kelham Cooke, said: ‘The memorial was paid for by public donations to the Public Memorials Appeal (PMA) and it is only right that they held a ceremony marking the completion of the project.

In addition to covering the statue with red paint, the vandals painted a hammer and sickle on the side of a hording

In addition to covering the statue with red paint, the vandals painted a hammer and sickle on the side of a hording

The £300,000 monument, pictured, has been attacked by vandals several times since it was erected last month

The £300,000 monument, pictured, has been attacked by vandals several times since it was erected last month

‘After its installation on May 15, the monument was expected to become a topic of conversation and a focus for debate, drawing differing opinions, and it has shown.

Lady Thatcher has polarized opinions on her politics and her legacy, but her achievement as the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and the UK’s first female Prime Minister should be recognized in her hometown.

“She grew up and went to school in Grantham, and I think it will be very positive to have a memorial to the city here.

“Attracting people to come and see the monument and visit the exhibition about her in the Grantham Museum will benefit the local economy.”

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