Crowd funding bid launched to cover cost of repairing damaged Hedgepig and The Trotters Pig on Ipswich Pigs Gone Wild trail

The Trotters Pig has been temporarily removed from the Pigs Gone Wild trail

The Trotters Pig has been temporarily removed from the Pigs Gone Wild trail - Credit: Archant

A witness appeal has been sparked after two Pigs Gone Wild sculptures suffered what police believe to be criminal damage over the weekend.

Hedgepig has been temporarily removed from the Pigs Gone Wild trail

Hedgepig has been temporarily removed from the Pigs Gone Wild trail - Credit: Archant

Hedgepig and The Trotters Pig have been temporarily taken away from the trail for repair, just weeks after Pretty Penny, Ipswich Building Society’s pig, left the trail in similar circumstances.

Their piggy platforms have been left empty save for a notice which lets participants of the trail know both have been “taken to piggy hospital for some oinkment”.

Today several residents, including parents and children who have been taking part in the trail, voiced their concerns on social media, as have the trail’s organisers, and the sponsors of both pigs.

“We are sad and disappointed that we have had to temporarily remove two more pigs from the trail following the damage at the weekend,” said Pigs Gone Wild project manager Norman Lloyd.

The Trotters Pig has been temporarily removed from the Pigs Gone Wild trail

The Trotters Pig has been temporarily removed from the Pigs Gone Wild trail - Credit: Archant

“We are touched by the comments of support from the public on social media and out in the town.

“We don’t want the actions of a few thoughtless people to impact on this highly popular event which the majority of local people have taken to their hearts.”

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The Suffolk Wildlife Trust sponsors Hedgepig.

Spokeswoman for the trust, Kerry Stranix, said: “It’s a real shame that Hedgepig has been damaged. I guess it is the risk you take by putting something like this in a town centre, but I can’t think why people would want to damage Hedgepig.”

Hedgepig has been temporarily removed from the Pigs Gone Wild trail

Hedgepig has been temporarily removed from the Pigs Gone Wild trail - Credit: Archant

Gary Everett, Martin and Co’s managing director, sponsored The Trotters Pig.

He said: “I am very disappointed that our pig has been damaged in this way.

“We were proud to sponsor The Trotters Pig as we believe St Elizabeth Hospice is a very worthy cause.

“Lots of children have been taking selfies on him and have been thoroughly enjoying themselves. I hope for their sake he is back soon.”

The Trotters Pig

The Trotters Pig - Credit: Archant

Shocked by the damage, Shaun Bardell, 25, from Ipswich, laucnhed a crowdfunding bid to cover the cost of the repairs.

He said: “I saw on Facebook what had happened.

“Since they got put into Ipswich you see a lot of families that go out and around and take pictures.

“I have got quite a few friends who have been out and for somebody to just damage them is a real shame.”

Hedgepig. Photo by Stephen Squirrell

Hedgepig. Photo by Stephen Squirrell - Credit: citizenside.com

He has set up a JustGiving page and has a target of £1,000, which he hopes will cover the cost of repairing and repainting the damaged pigs.

He added: “It’s not fair on the charity to have to lose out.”

Now Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses following the three incidents of alleged criminal damage.

Pretty Penny, on Cromwell Square, was damaged at some point between July 2 at 9pm and July 3 at 11am.

The Trotters Pig and Hedgepig, at St Giles Circus and St Stephen’s Lane respectively, were damaged overnight on July 16.

Call officers on 101 quoting reference number 37/45117/16 with information.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report information online at crimestoppers-uk.org.