Gloucestershire

Hare and the Minotaur sculpture vandalised with white paint

The Hare and Minotaur, Cheltenham Image copyright Andrea Clarke
Image caption The bronze statue by sculptor Sophie Ryder first appeared in the town in the 1990s as part of a temporary exhibition

A street sculpture in Cheltenham has been vandalised with spray-paint.

The Hare and the Minotaur on The Promenade in the town was attacked with white gloss paint in the early hours.

Police said a white male in a dark blue trilby hat and long brown jacket had been spotted spraying the sculpture before riding off on a mountain bike.

Sgt Simon Ellson, from Gloucestershire Police, said: "It's mindless vandalism on a very well-known and very well-liked local sculpture."

The bronze statue by sculptor Sophie Ryder first appeared in the town in the 1990s as part of a temporary exhibition.

But following an overwhelming public response to the exhibition, the sculpture was bought with £50,000 raised through public subscription.

It is not the first time the sculpture has been the target of vandals. In 2007, the testicles of the minotaur were daubed in green paint.

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