A statue of Queen Victoria has lost a limb.
One arm of the marble sculpture in Victoria Gardens, Brighton, is missing after apparently being clipped cleanly.
How and when the damage occurred is not known.
A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said they hoped the monument could be repaired as soon as possible.
He said: “We were very saddened to see the damage done to the statue of Queen Victoria.
“The damage was discovered last week. Unfortunately we don’t know how it was caused.
“We kept the fragments safe and commissioned a specialist on site to assess the damage and send us a report.
“We plan to repair the statue as soon as possible.”
The statue depicts the Queen, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, at the opening of Parliament and was presented in 1897 at the opening of Victoria Gardens in the city center for her Diamond Jubilee.
The sculpture of Queen Victoria, made by Carlo Nicoli of The Sculptured Marble Company, wears the garter sash, holds a scroll in her left hand and her robe in her right.
It is the left arm that is missing from the statue.
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