Statue vandal hunt intensifies

A HUGE hunt to snare callous vandals who defaced an iconic North Bay statue has intensified.

Police have stepped up their investigation after the giant £50,000 steel Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers sculpture was daubed with litres of yellow paint last month.

Officers are continuing scour the town for a paint-spattered vehicle they suspect was intrinsic to the attack and have also unleashed a massive leaflet campaign across Scarborough.

A cash reward pot of £2,150 - started by the Evening News and augmented by disgusted residents - also still stands for information leading to a successful prosecution.

The statue is now being monitored by a security firm to thwart future attacks.

PC Alex Parker, who is heading the investigation, said the force had been buoyed by the initial response to the damage.

However, he added they still needed further help to pinpoint the perpetrators.

The statue, by artist Ray Lonsdale, became a permanent fixture on Scarborough’s sea front when benevolent pensioner Maureen Robinson bought it for the town in November last year.

She broke down in tears when she saw the damage.

A poignant inference to former miner Freddie Gilroy, the sculpture recalls his heroics as one of the first soldiers to relieve victims of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

The statue was welcomed with magnificent acclaim from residents and visitors.

Anyone with information about the attack should contact the police on 101 before selecting option two and asking for PC Alex Parker or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.