Outrage as vandals target Weelsby Woods
The organisation who manages and maintains Weelsby Woods in Grimsby has expressed their anger after several sculptures in the park were targeted by vandals.
The incident occurred on the 26th of March.
An investigation is now underway to identify the thieves who stole Ollie Owl, Rachel Rabbit and Vivian Vixen from Weelsby Woods.
In a statement issued via Facebook, the organisation wrote: “WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!?!
“We are outraged!!
“Why have you broken Ollie Owl??
“Why have you STOLEN Rachel Rabbit and our MEMORIAL carving, Vivien Vixen, in memory of our Committee member, Vivien Hall, my nan, who is greatly missed today, on Mother’s Day!
“Honestly Grimsby, why do we bother to make the place nice?”
A spokesperson added:
“Callous thieves have taken it upon themselves to remove three of the five beautiful carved wooden statues from the front section of the Woods.
“These carvings were paid for by Community Funding, at a considerable cost, and can not at this time be replaced.”
Locals have responded to a social media post with shock and upset.
Speaking via social media, one resident said: “That’s horrendous! I hope the police and the public will be helpful in finding them and prosecuting the thieves.
“I know The Friends of Weelsby Woods all worked so hard to raise the funding for the these.”
“Mindless,” added another.
“An abhorrent act of vandalism. My grandson along with other children, and adults alike, love to see these carvings. A completely pointless act.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Humberside Police by calling the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident number 16/38789/22.
(Image: Friends of Weelsby Woods)