Lincolnshire

Two charged after Lincoln 'knight' thrown in River Witham

Sculpture in water Image copyright Lincolnshire Police
Image caption One of the knights was rescued from the River Witham on Waterside North

Two men have been charged with criminal damage after a knight sculpture was thrown into a city river.

The Lincoln Knights' Trail consists of 36 sculptures and marks the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire Police rescued one of the knights from the River Witham, while a second sculpture had been smashed from its plinth.

The men who have been charged are aged 20 and 26, and are both from Lincolnshire.

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Image caption The other knight was split in half after being taken from near the Stonebow arch
Image copyright Lincolnshire Live
Image caption The sculpture was ripped from its base

The knight sculptures were vandalised in the early hours of Friday.

Ch Insp Stewart Brinn, of Lincolnshire Police, said officers were quick to assist one knight who had been "treacherously unhorsed".

"Further forays revealed another had been unchivalrously thrown into the river and left to fend for himself," he added.

Officers were able to pull the sculpture from the water using a noose designed to deal with out-of-control dogs.

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Image caption Police rescued one of the knights from the river using a noose

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