Queen sand sculpture beheaded in vandal attack

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 August 2012 | UPDATED: 15:08 28 August 2012

The vandals decapitated several of the exhibits

The vandals decapitated several of the exhibits

Nicola Wood

VANDALS have beheaded sculptures and ran amok in Weston’s Sand Sculpture Festival.

The culprits broke into the festival’s seafront site last night (Weds) and caused a huge amount of damage to exhibits.

Among the sculptures worst affected in the attack was a sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II, which was beheaded.

Festival organisers say they have been ‘disgusted’ by the vandalism, but say the event is still open to the public with a number of its exhibits thankfully left undamaged.

Police have been investigating at the site today and CCTV footage is currently being checked.

Three males have been captured on camera and a close-up image of the suspected vandals is now being generated.

Organisers Nicola Wood and Alec Messchaert are offering a reward to anyone with information that can lead to the capture of the culprits.

The entrance price for the festival has been temporarily reduced to £2, and there are plenty of events such as live sculpting, an open workshop and the sand café that will be open as normal over the next few days.

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.


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