Thugs damage £25,000 sculpture of Charlotte Mary Yonge in Eastleigh before its unveiled

Thugs damage £25,000 sculpture of novelist who named town

Thugs damage £25,000 sculpture of novelist who named town

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VANDALS have defaced a statue honouring an author before it could even be officially unveiled.

They broke the nose off a sculpture of Victorian novelist Charlotte Mary Yonge, which had only been put in place in Eastleigh days earlier.

It has had to be removed by Eastleigh Borough Council, which described the incident as “a mindless act of vandalism”, for repairs.

The bronze resin art piece on the corner of Twyford Road and St Catherine’s Road is by Hampshire-based sculptor Vivien Mallock. It shows Ms Yonge sitting on a bench reading a book and was designed so that members of the public would be able to sit alongside her.

The project, which cost £25,000, was funded by developers’ contributions to Eastleigh Borough Council and was part of the council’s improvement works around the Twyford Road area.

But members of the public found the nose had been broken off the statue. There was other chip damage to the face. It is now at Eastleigh Borough Council headquarters awaiting repairs.

Repairs It is likely the bill for repairs will be footed by the council through further developer contributions.

Ms Yonge is said to have in effect given Eastleigh its name as it is spelt today.

She was asked to choose which of the parishes, Barton or Eastley, the Church of the Resurrection, now flats on the corner of Romsey Road and Twyford Road, should be named after because she had donated a significant amount of money to the building. She chose Eastley. However, she advised that it should be spelt Eastleigh.

The bestselling 19th century novelist was born in Otterbourne in 1823 and her work was admired by other writers such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Lewis Carroll.

Some of her best known works include The Heir of Redclyffe, Heartsease and The Daisy Chain. She was buried at Otterbourne Parish Church in 1901.

The statue was due to be officially unveiled by the Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Tony Noyce, but this has been cancelled after the damage.

A council spokesperson said: “This is a mindless act of vandalism and a great shame for the local community."

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened on June 13 at around 8pm, is asked to call PC Iain Wilson at Eastleigh Police Station on 101 or leave information anonymously with Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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10:35am Wed 25 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

She should have called it Beastleigh
She should have called it Beastleigh rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 1

10:47am Wed 25 Jun 14

james_33 says...

Putting it on that corner was the councils first mistake... have you been round there lately... horrible little place.
Putting it on that corner was the councils first mistake... have you been round there lately... horrible little place. james_33
  • Score: 11

11:08am Wed 25 Jun 14

boilerman says...

These things happen because there is no deterrent .
These things happen because there is no deterrent . boilerman
  • Score: 19

11:12am Wed 25 Jun 14

one in a million says...

Imagine the damage if it was a statue of Keith House.....
Imagine the damage if it was a statue of Keith House..... one in a million
  • Score: 20

11:31am Wed 25 Jun 14

cliffwalker says...

Would you also blame the victim of a mugging for carrying a smart phone or wearing an expensive watch, the burgled for keeping quality goods in the house?
The scum who committed the crime are happy to steal or destroy whatever other people value wherever it is.
Would you also blame the victim of a mugging for carrying a smart phone or wearing an expensive watch, the burgled for keeping quality goods in the house? The scum who committed the crime are happy to steal or destroy whatever other people value wherever it is. cliffwalker
  • Score: 25

11:47am Wed 25 Jun 14

St.Winch70 says...

This sort of thing wouldn't happen where I live, children are too respectful and all take real pride in their community. It's a shame that these type of installations are targeted by the mindless......
This sort of thing wouldn't happen where I live, children are too respectful and all take real pride in their community. It's a shame that these type of installations are targeted by the mindless...... St.Winch70
  • Score: -3

11:49am Wed 25 Jun 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

barbarians .
barbarians . SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 11

12:05pm Wed 25 Jun 14

SFC-Matt says...

£25,000 could be spent so much better
£25,000 could be spent so much better SFC-Matt
  • Score: 17

4:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Mr E says...

Developer contributions should be used pay for much needed improvements to Eastleigh's infrastructure , not public artworks.
Developer contributions should be used pay for much needed improvements to Eastleigh's infrastructure , not public artworks. Mr E
  • Score: 13

5:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

mr.southampton says...

Not a real surprise there aren't too many literary fans in Eastleigh
Not a real surprise there aren't too many literary fans in Eastleigh mr.southampton
  • Score: 2

6:16pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Positively4thStreet says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
This sort of thing wouldn't happen where I live, children are too respectful and all take real pride in their community. It's a shame that these type of installations are targeted by the mindless......
This sort of vandalism can happen anywhere,its nothing to do with the area,and the implication is a bit disingenuous.
There's just as much vandalism happens at Hiltingbury recreation ground,as there is in Eastleigh,nowhere in this country is immune from the blight of mindless wanton destruction,not even Winchester.
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: This sort of thing wouldn't happen where I live, children are too respectful and all take real pride in their community. It's a shame that these type of installations are targeted by the mindless......[/p][/quote]This sort of vandalism can happen anywhere,its nothing to do with the area,and the implication is a bit disingenuous. There's just as much vandalism happens at Hiltingbury recreation ground,as there is in Eastleigh,nowhere in this country is immune from the blight of mindless wanton destruction,not even Winchester. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 11

7:00pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Kirsty666 says...

At least it's only £25,000 and not £3.5 million going on a spitfire IF they can raise the money!
At least it's only £25,000 and not £3.5 million going on a spitfire IF they can raise the money! Kirsty666
  • Score: 5

7:21pm Wed 25 Jun 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

Educationallly subnormal toothless phillistines.
Educationallly subnormal toothless phillistines. SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 4

7:25pm Wed 25 Jun 14

userds5050 says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
This sort of thing wouldn't happen where I live, children are too respectful and all take real pride in their community. It's a shame that these type of installations are targeted by the mindless......
What makes you think this is the work of children?
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: This sort of thing wouldn't happen where I live, children are too respectful and all take real pride in their community. It's a shame that these type of installations are targeted by the mindless......[/p][/quote]What makes you think this is the work of children? userds5050
  • Score: 5

7:31pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Princess-Barbie says...

james_33 wrote:
Putting it on that corner was the councils first mistake... have you been round there lately... horrible little place.
I live just down the road. Have done for a year now and I see nothing wrong with the area. Stuck up much?
[quote][p][bold]james_33[/bold] wrote: Putting it on that corner was the councils first mistake... have you been round there lately... horrible little place.[/p][/quote]I live just down the road. Have done for a year now and I see nothing wrong with the area. Stuck up much? Princess-Barbie
  • Score: 1

7:41pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Stubs says...

I'm surprised it's still there and not nicked with that price tag. Sell it abroad.
I'm surprised it's still there and not nicked with that price tag. Sell it abroad. Stubs
  • Score: 4

9:50am Thu 26 Jun 14

richieroo says...

Stubs wrote:
I'm surprised it's still there and not nicked with that price tag. Sell it abroad.
I should imagine a secondhand damaged mainly resin artwork of a little known author has very little scrap value here or abroad. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised it's still there and not nicked with that price tag. Sell it abroad.[/p][/quote]I should imagine a secondhand damaged mainly resin artwork of a little known author has very little scrap value here or abroad. ;-) richieroo
  • Score: 2

10:42am Thu 26 Jun 14

Norahbatty says...

could have used the money to a) widen the bridge in Campbell Road or b) fill in the pot holes in Campbell Road not waste on a ridiculous bronze statue that attracts your attention when driving thus taking your eyes of the road for someone that already has a road named after them!
could have used the money to a) widen the bridge in Campbell Road or b) fill in the pot holes in Campbell Road not waste on a ridiculous bronze statue that attracts your attention when driving thus taking your eyes of the road for someone that already has a road named after them! Norahbatty
  • Score: 2

7:50pm Thu 26 Jun 14

sophisticated says...

Now why doesnt this suprise me?
Now why doesnt this suprise me? sophisticated
  • Score: -1

9:41pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

cliffwalker wrote:
Would you also blame the victim of a mugging for carrying a smart phone or wearing an expensive watch, the burgled for keeping quality goods in the house?
The scum who committed the crime are happy to steal or destroy whatever other people value wherever it is.
Actually, the morons on here do all of those things.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: Would you also blame the victim of a mugging for carrying a smart phone or wearing an expensive watch, the burgled for keeping quality goods in the house? The scum who committed the crime are happy to steal or destroy whatever other people value wherever it is.[/p][/quote]Actually, the morons on here do all of those things. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

9:41pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

cliffwalker wrote:
Would you also blame the victim of a mugging for carrying a smart phone or wearing an expensive watch, the burgled for keeping quality goods in the house?
The scum who committed the crime are happy to steal or destroy whatever other people value wherever it is.
Actually, the morons on here do all of those things.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: Would you also blame the victim of a mugging for carrying a smart phone or wearing an expensive watch, the burgled for keeping quality goods in the house? The scum who committed the crime are happy to steal or destroy whatever other people value wherever it is.[/p][/quote]Actually, the morons on here do all of those things. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -1

4:25am Mon 30 Jun 14

huckit P says...

Norahbatty wrote:
could have used the money to a) widen the bridge in Campbell Road or b) fill in the pot holes in Campbell Road not waste on a ridiculous bronze statue that attracts your attention when driving thus taking your eyes of the road for someone that already has a road named after them!
I expect widening the brindge on Campbell Road would cost significantly more than 25,000.
A for the potholes - just wait for more to develop and then you won't notice them as they will all be joined up!
And when you are driving keep your eyes on the road.
[quote][p][bold]Norahbatty[/bold] wrote: could have used the money to a) widen the bridge in Campbell Road or b) fill in the pot holes in Campbell Road not waste on a ridiculous bronze statue that attracts your attention when driving thus taking your eyes of the road for someone that already has a road named after them![/p][/quote]I expect widening the brindge on Campbell Road would cost significantly more than 25,000. A for the potholes - just wait for more to develop and then you won't notice them as they will all be joined up! And when you are driving keep your eyes on the road. huckit P
  • Score: -1

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