Sunday, 29 January 2012

Scarborough statue paint attack 'could be anti-Semitic'

Police say they are not ruling out the possibility a statue of an old soldier in Scarborough may have been covered in yellow paint in an anti-Semitic attack.
The North Bay steelwork, which depicts one of the first Allied soldiers to enter the Belsen concentration camp, was daubed in paint on Thursday night.
Officers said they were keeping an "open mind" about the motives behind the vandalism.
A local resident donated £50,000 to keep the statue in the town last year.
The piece, called Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, is based on a former miner who was one of the first soldiers to enter the concentration camp on its liberation in the final days of World War II.
'Twisted rant' The artwork, which shows the old soldier sitting on a bench, was created by artist Ray Lonsdale.
The artist said he hoped the use of yellow paint was not an act of anti-Semitism to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day.
Mr Lonsdale said: "I am just hoping it isn't some twisted anti-Semitic rant.
"The real Freddie - and the people of his generation that the sculpture represents - came through a lot worse and I am sure the sculpture will do the same."

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