Vandals wreck Emily statue

The willow sculpture in Carlisle Park that has been vandalised.
The willow sculpture in Carlisle Park that has been vandalised.

BLOOM officials have condemned the vandals who destroyed an acclaimed piece of art in Morpeth’s Carlisle Park.

The wicker statue of Emily Wilding Davison, which was securely fixed to the flower bed, was toppled on Sunday evening. The offenders also removed the head.

The piece, commissioned by Morpeth Town Council, was part of the town’s centenary tributes to Emily and it featured in Morpeth’s Northumbria and Britain in Bloom entries.

Town council clerk Gillian Turner said: “It is extremely disappointing that this has happened.

“What these offenders fail to realise is that vandalism affects each and everyone of us, as we all have to pay to put things right through the council tax.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call Morpeth police on 101, extension 69191.