Disturbing ‘SNP hang’ and ‘Covid lies’ graffiti on bear sculpture in East Lothian
Disturbing acts of graffiti directed at the SNP and claiming ‘Covid lies’ have been smeared onto the base of a bear-shaped sculpture in a Scottish town.
A despicable message, saying ‘hang SNP’, has been scrawled beneath the DunBear statue in Dunbar which has been erected as a tribute to East Lothian-born environmentalist John Muir.
Another piece of graffiti on the statue’s concrete base claims “lies of lust”, while other fence posts in a nearby housing estate have been vandalized with similar messages including “no vax”.
Police believe the vandalism took place between Thursday and Friday last week and are calling for witnesses.
Images shared by police on social media show other graffiti tags such as “Dist”, “Dist 21” and Distrikt 21 “painted on the side of a local bridge and on road signs which they claim , have been there since April.
Agents say these acts may be unrelated, but encourage anyone with information about it to contact them.
Anyone with information should call the police on 101 quoting the reference from Incident 1939 of September 11, 2021.
The 16-foot-tall steel DunBear statue was unveiled at Dunbar in 2019 and was sculpted by Scottish artist Andy Scott, the man behind the Kelpies.
The artwork is a tribute to Mr. Muir, born in Dunbar in 1838. The bear, located off the A1 near the Spott roundabout, symbolizes Mr. Muir’s travels through the wilds of England. ‘America.
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