Keeping watch over Freddie

Freddie security'Security Guard Malcolm Williamson of Coastal Security who have organised regular night patrols to keep an eye on Freddie ..'Picture by Neil Silk  120550a'03/02/12
Freddie security'Security Guard Malcolm Williamson of Coastal Security who have organised regular night patrols to keep an eye on Freddie ..'Picture by Neil Silk 120550a'03/02/12

A SCARBOROUGH security firm has been keeping a close eye on North Bay’s popular “Freddie” statue since it became the subject of a shock vandal attack last week.

Coastal Security, of Castle Road, offered to do everything they can to protect the much-loved piece of artwork – free of charge.

Managing director Chris Browne said: “We’ve been down there every night since it happened.

“We have an emergency call-out number, so the idea was that if anything happened we could get someone there straight away.

“As we all know, paint is much easier to get off before it dries.

“But we’re hoping that our presence will put people off doing anything altogether.”

The company have been sending night patrol officers to keep an eye on the £50,000 statue.

Officers have been taking their vehicles down to the area on Marine Drive and pulling up next to Freddie to deter any would-be vandals.

Mr Browne said: “Everybody here has been appalled by what happened. We all love the statue and if we can do out bit for the town, we will.

“We’re providing this service free of charge and will be from now on in.

“As long as Freddie is there, we’ll look after him.”

The sculpture, which has the title Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, was bought and presented as a gift to the people of Scarborough by pensioner Maureen Robinson.

On hearing about the night patrols, Mrs Robinson said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea, as long as it’s not putting anyone to too much trouble.

“It’s very kind of them, it’s wonderful.

“The more people that keep an eye on Freddie the better.”

The statue was vandalised on the night of Thursday January 26, when vandals threw yellow paint all over the sculpture.

Since then police have been looking for those responsible and have now stepped up the investigation with leaflet drops in schools and a renewed witness appeal.

PC Alex Parker, the officer leading the investigation, is hoping that any members of the public who took a photograph of Freddie last Thursday afternoon or evening, before the vandalism took place, will come forward.

Call 101, select option two and ask for PC Alex Parker.