Margaret Thatcher’s severed head statue sparks police investigation
Lincolnshire Police have opened an investigation after a statue of Margaret Thatcher’s severed head appeared on a point in Grantham.
The sculpture was discovered atop a plinth reserved for a £ 300,000 statue of the former Prime Minister, which is expected to be unveiled to commemorate his birthplace.
After images of the statue began to appear, Lincolnshire Police confirmed they were investigating.
A spokesperson said in a statement: “We can confirm that a crime of criminal damage has been recorded regarding damage to the plinth.
“We are liaising with the South Kesteven District Council and will investigate any identified violations.”
Art teacher Mark Robla, 34, says he created the statue over a five-month period and used the cover of darkness to erect it at 4 a.m. on Sunday.
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Robla said he decided to make his handcrafted action figure in an effort to save hundreds of thousands of pounds at South Kesteven District Council.
The artwork is made of plaster and an old £ 5 office chair and Robla’s 5-foot creation also features Thatcher’s iconic handbag sitting at the base.
Sculptor Robla, from Grantham, said: “I moved to Grantham about a year ago from North Wales, where Thatcher is not very popular.
“I had seen that the statue was going to be unveiled and thought I might as well make my own version and saved the council hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“I started off by doing a full figure, but the arms kept dropping over time, so I had a little episode and decided to stick his head on a spike.”
Thatcher, who died in 2013, was the daughter of a trader and was born and raised in Grantham before obtaining a scholarship to study at the University of Oxford.
She was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and still divides public opinion today.
Robla added: “A lot of my thoughts on Margaret Thatcher come from being Welsh. The mines closed and she was never a positive figure in our family growing up.
“But I know a lot more people didn’t like her for what she did to the community where I grew up in North Wales.”
The actual statue of the former Prime Minister was rejected by London and offered instead to the South Kesteven District Council.
It was acquired for £ 300,000, mainly through public fundraising, private donations and support from the Grantham Museum.
The statue is currently stored in a secret location after an unveiling ceremony that is expected to cost taxpayers £ 100,000 was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Yahoo News UK has contacted the Conservative Party for comment.
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