Tayside and Central Scotland

Man who decapitated Falkirk Wellington statue fined

Liam McEwan horse Image copyright Central Scotland News Agency
Image caption McEwan handed himself in to police and pleaded guilty to vandalising the statue

A man who pulled the head off a statue of the Duke of Wellington has been ordered to pay £465 towards repairs.

Liam McEwen decapitated the Iron Duke on Falkirk's Newmarket Street after clambering onto the statue during a drunken night out in July last year.

The 26-year-old later handed himself in to police and pleaded guilty to vandalising the statue.

McEwen, from Falkirk, was fined £465 in compensation for repairs to the statue, which were carried out by a local firm.

The memorial to the Duke has been a Falkirk landmark for 160 years. It originally stood by the Steeple in the High Street, but was moved to Newmarket Street in 1905 - supposedly to protect it from revellers.

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Image caption The statue of the "Iron Duke" has been a Falkirk landmark for 160 years

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