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Duke of Wellington statue is decapitated by vandals

The Duke of Wellington statue in Newmarket Street is now missing its head after being attacked by vandals

The Duke of Wellington statue in Newmarket Street is now missing its head after being attacked by vandals

 

Police are investigating an attack on a historic statue of the Duke of Wellington in Falkirk’s Newmarket Street.

The head of the famous ‘Iron Duke’ was smashed off by vandals last Friday night.

The memorial to the soldier, who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, has been an historical landmark in the town for 160 years.

His head has now been retrieved by Falkirk Council. A spokesman said: “We will have a look at the damage and see what can be done to repair it as part of our on-going heritage work in the town centre.”

A police spokesman said: “We are appealing to anyone with information relating to this incident to contact us on 101.”

The statue, by Victorian sculptor Robert Forrest, was commissioned by the Burghers of Lanark but on completion they refused to accept it and Falkirk Provost Robert Adam - with the support of James Russel of Arnotdale and public money - bought it for £70.

It originally stood by The Steeple in Falkirk High Street but was moved to Newmarket Street, ironically to protect it from New Year revellers, in 1905.

 

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