Wirral Weather readers react angrily to New Brighton’s mermaid statue being destroyed

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The mermaid statue in Vale park has been left in ruins after vandals set a vespa moped on fire near the statue and many of you have contacted us to tell us what you really think.

According to one witness the incident happened at around 12:23pm with firefighters turning up a short time later to extinguish the blaze.

Many people took to Facebook to express their anger, one reader wrote: “Walked past the one on the promenade this morning and thought it looked great.

“You just can’t have anything nice, when there’s a dragged up, bored bunch around”.

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A reader who was there not long ago said: “Omg that’s just disgusting we were there a few months ago and took some lovely pictures how sad that people can’t leave things alone instead of destroying everything”.

Another said: “Omg what the hell horrible horrible human beings”

Merseyside Police suspect the incident is deliberate and are appealing for witnesses.

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Community Policing Inspector Paul Harrison said: “We are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of this incident but it initially appears to be a deliberate, and may I say disgraceful, act of vandalism, which has destroyed part of a popular local attraction.

“People of all ages love walking and discovering these sculptures and to ruin this in such a way is heartless.

“I would urge anyone with information or who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area of Vale Park last night to come forward with any information as soon as possible.

“We are determined to find those responsible and put them before the courts”.

The Vale Park mermaid is part of five statues that were unveiled to the public in June last year.

The statue was created by Barry Canning-Eaton and had been individually decorated by schools and community groups.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference number 30 of 17 August, or you can call or the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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