Hunt goes on for vandals

The Freddie Gilroy statue after the paint attack in January
The Freddie Gilroy statue after the paint attack in January

THE fight to catch Scarborough’s North Bay statue vandals is continuing – almost four months after the senseless attack.

Experts are continuing to analyse the yellow paint which was thrown over the Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers sculpture, in Royal Albert Drive, in January.

Police have also confirmed a number of lines of enquiry remain open in the case.

The heartless damage on the £50,000 statue, which was donated to Scarborough by pensioner Maureen Robinson, saw residents unite in horror and condemnation.

A reward was launched to catch the perpetrators, with a fund standing at more than £2,000 for information leading to a successful prosecution.

Police previously confirmed they were scouring the town for a paint-splattered car which the culprits could have used to flee the scene.

However, they also revealed no witnesses had come forward with information about the damage and CCTV had captured no footage of the offenders.

PC Alex Parker who is investigating the incident, said: “Someone somewhere knows what happened.

“Whether they know the person responsible or saw what happened, I am appealing to them to come forward and tell us what they know.”

The damage was cleaned up by Scarborough Council within hours of the late-night attack.

Mrs Robinson broke down in tears when she saw the paint-splattered sculpture, telling the Evening News: “I am absolutely heartbroken and devastated that anyone in their right mind could do something like this to such a lovely man.

“If Freddie could have seen this he would have been heartbroken.

“There is just no comprehension of the meaning behind the statue by whoever has done this.”

Anyone with information about the vandal attack should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for PC Alex Parker.