Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry peace statue pushed over and smashed

The Mother and Child statue in Coventry
Image caption The statue as it looked before the vandalism and afterwards

A statue in Coventry city centre has been pushed from its pedestal and smashed.

The statue, which depicted two figures hugging as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, was at the entrance to University Square.

Police said CCTV footage appeared to show three men damaging the statue and officers would be investigating.

The statue, known as The Enfolding, had been put on display by the Herbert Art Gallery, close to the square.

A spokesman for the art gallery said there had been a few instances of recent anti-social behaviour near the gallery.

He said windows had been smashed and people had been seen drinking nearby, even though the site is in an alcohol-free zone.

Ch Insp Kerry Blakeman said he was appalled at the mindless nature of the attack.

He said the area was extensively covered by CCTV cameras and police would be studying the footage.

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