The £300,000 statue of Margaret Thatcher has been vandalized for the second time in two weeks

Margaret Thatcher’s statue was first vandalized when a deputy director at the arts center goaded the first woman prime minister just hours after the statue was unveiled

Lincolnshire Police have confirmed an act of vandalism on Margaret Thatcher's statue is being treated as
The statue was vandalized this morning for the second time in two weeks

Margaret Thatcher’s statue has been vandalized for the second time in just a fortnight of its first unveiling.

The newly installed statue was defaced again, this time the target of a paint attack.

This morning, a person was caught by video surveillance “behaving suspiciously near the site.”

The vandal spray painted a hammer and sickle on the barriers surrounding the statue and also cast paint over the statue itself.

The £300,000 sculpture of Britain’s first woman Prime Minister was unveiled just two weeks ago in her hometown of Grantham, Lincolnshire.

It took less than two hours to fill with eggs.

The arts centre’s assistant director, Jeremy Webster, 59, has been ordered to pay £90 for throwing an egg at the statue on the day it was unveiled.

Lincolnshire Police said the act was being treated as “criminal damage”.


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The vandal is currently unknown


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A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “Just before 11.15pm on May 28 we received reports of a person who was shown on CCTV acting suspiciously near the site.

“Officials attended and found that graffiti had been sprayed on the barriers surrounding the statue, and investigations into possible damage to the statue itself continue.

“This is being treated as criminal damage and an investigation is ongoing.”

Pictures show paint splatters on the former prime minister’s back and the communist symbol spray-painted on the surrounding fence.

The vandal also spray-painted a hammer and sickle on the barrier around the statue


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The 10-foot granite monument was originally intended to be erected in Parliament Square.

However, it was relocated over fears that it could become the center of protest and attract public activists.

Reports originally presented to South Kesteven Borough Council indicated that the statue was moved to the area for fear of a “motivated far-left movement … possibly engaging in public activism”.

Fearing public activism, the statue was moved from Parliament Square to Mrs Thatcher’s hometown in Lincolnshire


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In 2020, after the council approved a massive £100,000 unveiling ceremony, a Facebook group was launched calling for an “egg tossing competition”.

The event drew interest from over 13,000 people, with a further 2,400 saying they were going to another event which would be about “egg tossing… and possibly graffiti art”.

In response to the warning, the council installed a surveillance camera directly across from the statue.

Police received reports at around 11:15am this morning of a man acting suspiciously via CCTV


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South Kesteven Borough Council leader Kelham Cooke told The Metro: “We must never hide from our history,” adding it was “appropriate that the debate surrounding her legacy is taking place here in Grantham.”

He said: “This memorial statue of the late Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven will be a fitting tribute to a truly unique political figure.

“Margaret Thatcher will always be an important part of Grantham’s legacy. She and her family have close ties to Grantham. She was born, grew up and went to school here.

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