Park's Civil War sculptures repaired

4 December 2018

Vandalised Civil War sculptures in Newark’s Sconce and Devon Park have now been repaired.

Newark and Sherwood District Council last week acted quickly to repair the statues, which were damaged over Remembrance weekend last month.

Five of the wooden sculptures, depicting scenes from the British Civil Wars, were targeted by vandals, with one losing a hand and musket, another an arm and three with damage to their faces and helmets.

The figures were installed last year to reflect the history of the park and provide an extra place for children to play.

Through its Cleaner, Safer & Greener campaign, the district council is taking a tough stance to vandalism and is encouraging communities to report this sort of crime and anti-social behaviour as soon as it is witnessed.

In addition, CCTV surveillance of the area has been increased to provide more protection for the park and visitors to deter such incidents from reoccurring.

Council deputy leader Keith Girling said: “We want to send out a clear message that this sort of thoughtless vandalism in our district will not be tolerated. These statues are a well-loved feature of the park and they keep alive the memory of those who have died in conflict.

“We take great pride in our parks and open spaces and the district council is committed to responding promptly to acts of vandalism of this nature. The police are still investigating and if anyone has any information, we urge them to contact Newark police on 101.”

The council, which manages the park, commissioned the original sculptor of the figures, Peter Leadbeater, to restore them to their original condition.

He said: “I am pleased to be able to ensure the figures are as close to their original form as possible. The nature of timber sculptures means that some shapes are a bit weaker which makes them more susceptible to damage. However, they are more than strong enough to weather and be durable so long as people don’t set about to deliberately destroy them.”

The hand-carved sculptures, which include soldiers and a horse, were made using trunks from Wellingtonia trees that had been felled in the park.

Shoppers voted for the sculptures, under Tesco supermarkets’ Bags for Help scheme where each 5p paid for carrier bags is donated to community projects.

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