Person charged for Naiad statue vandalism  - The Coventry Observer

Person charged for Naiad statue vandalism 

A PERSON HAS been charged following the vandalism on the Naiad statue in April.

Residents contacted Coventry city council when the statue – located in Upper Precinct – was detached from its fixings.

The artwork, created by George Wagstaffe from Coventry, was moved to storage, and the council reported the damage to the police.

Officers used CCTV to identify a suspect who has since been convicted of criminal damage.

The Naiad was returned back to its place in Upper Precinct in early May, with new, secure fixings.

Coun Jim O’Boyle, said: “As a Council we have spent millions of pounds of grant funding to transform our precinct into a fantastic place for residents, traders and visitors.

“Children especially love the new play fountains.

“That is why it is so important that we protect it by reporting any, big or small, vandalism when we see it.

“This conviction is positive news and sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in our city.

“I’d like to thank everyone who reported the incident.

“I would also like to thank our Police colleagues for their quick action and the work they do to protect our city.”

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