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Lincoln Imp statue beheaded in criminal damage

UPDATE 4.15pm, 21st July:

We have charged 20-year-old Bradley Pennell, of Ogilvy Drive, Bottesford, Scunthorpe, with criminal damage in relation to this incident. He has been released on bail and is due to appear at Lincoln District Magistrates Court on 5th August. 


Original release:

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after one of the Lincoln Imp sculptures had its head removed in the early hours of this morning (21st July).

Officers found the damaged sculpture on Guildhall Street near to the Stone Bow in Lincoln during patrols of the city centre, and worked with the CCTV team at the City of Lincoln Council to trace the suspect back to his hotel. He has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and remains in police custody.

The incident happened at around 4.15am.

Sergeant Paul Mayo said: “The Big Sculpture Trail is organised by Lincoln BIG as a fun and family-oriented activity for everyone to enjoy over the summer and is a huge draw  for the city. It is not only really disappointing for everyone hoping to enjoy the trail that one if its attractions aimed at celebrating art and culture has been marred by this act of criminal damage, it is also absolutely unacceptable. Whenever we have an issue with criminal damage, we will do everything in our power to find those responsible and prosecute them.” 

Anyone who was in the area and has any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police. You can get in touch in the following ways:

Click on the email link force.control@lincs.pnn.police.uk  - please remember to put the reference incident 53 of 21st July in the subject box.

Call our non-emergency number 101, quoting incident number 53 of 21st July.

Reference: Incident 53 of 21st July

21 Jul 21 4:21 PM

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