Northern Ireland

Police renew appeal over damaged statue

Governor Walker statue
Image caption An arm was smashed off the statue

Police in Londonderry have renewed their appeal for information after a statue in the city was badly damaged.

The arms was smashed off the statue of Governor Walker at the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall in July.

The Reverend George Walker, was the governor of the city in 1689. A copper plaque dedicated to the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the Gates in 1688 was also damaged.

Inspector Jon Burrows said police wanted to speak to three men seen in the area at the time.

"During the early hours of Friday, 30 July extensive damage in the region of £30,000 was caused to the statue and to the plaque," he said.

"We are continuing to follow up on a number of lines of enquiry, however at this stage we would again appeal for anyone who was in the area around 0130 BST and witnessed the incident to come forward."

The original statue was destroyed in an IRA bomb attack in 1973.

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