CCTV is cleared after vandals covered a £300,000 Margaret Thatcher statue in paint

Police cleared CCTV to find two masked figures near the statue (Image: SWNS/Lincolnshire Police)

A manhunt is underway for two masked suspects after a newly installed statue of Margaret Thatcher was doused in red paint.

CCTV of the couple was released after the £300,000 memorial in Grantham, Lincolnshire, was targeted for the second time in two weeks.

Red paint was thrown at the 10ft high granite sculpture of the controversial former Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the communist hammer and sickle symbol was painted on the surrounding fence.

Today Lincolnshire Police launched an appeal to trace two hooded suspects who were killed during the incident on Saturday 28th May.

The 12-second footage shows the duo dressed in black and wearing face masks, with one of them carrying something in a white tote bag.

Investigators said: “The CCTV footage is not clear enough to show facial features, but we hope that the individuals’ distinctive clothing, build and gait could help identify them.”

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VTS 02 1 2 CCTV Thatcher Statue CCTV footage from Lincolnshire Police of people we believe could assist us in our investigation into damage to the Margaret Thatcher statue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VltkarvLPGQ&t=1s

Investigators are appealing to the public to help them locate the suspects (Image: Lincolnshire Police)

On the day the controversial statue was installed, university staffer Jeremy Webster, 59, threw eggs at it and was later fined £90 under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

It also emerged that yesterday the monument was attacked for the third time – this time with red, white and blue paint.

Police said someone approached the statue on St Peters Hill and threw something at it around 3.37am.

This week, South Kesteven Borough Council officially unveiled the statue at a £100,000 ceremony in the Iron Lady’s hometown.

Council President Kelham Cooke said: “The memorial was paid for by public donations to the Public Memorials Appeal (PMA) and it is only right that they should have held a ceremony to mark the completion of the project.

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Margaret Thatcher’s statue in Grantham, Lincolnshire has been attacked twice in two weeks (Image: Grantham Journal/SWNS)

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A red hammer and sickle were painted on the fence (Image: Grantham Journal/SWNS)

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The statue was demolished for a third time yesterday, this time with red, white and blue paint splatters (Image: @ukrealnews/SWNS)

“After its installation on May 15, the memorial was intended to be a topic of conversation and a focal point for debate, attracting a range of opinions, and that has proved to be the case.

“Lady Thatcher polarized opinion on her politics and legacy, but her achievement as Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century and the UK’s first woman Prime Minister should be recognized in her hometown.

“She grew up and went to school in Grantham and I think having the memorial here will be really positive for the town.

“Getting people to come here to see the memorial and the exhibition about them at the Grantham Museum will benefit the local economy.”

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