Vandals attack artwork

A MINDLESS act of vandalism has robbed one local community of a unique piece of art - but the designers behind the creation have vowed to replace it with a bigger and more robust exhibition.

A MINDLESS act of vandalism has robbed one local community of a unique piece of art - but the designers behind the creation have vowed to replace it with a bigger and more robust exhibition.

The unusual style of the sand blasted stones at Needham Lake told a nature story of the world today and had been enjoyed by residents and visitors to the area after it was unveiled over Easter.

Designer and partner at the Sandblast Sign Company (SSC) Lorraine Griffin said she had been devastated to discover her work had been knocked over breaking each stone into four separate pieces.

“Vandals have destroyed this gift that was being enjoyed by young and old alike, through a selfish act of destruction caused by, anger, frustration, or was it just for fun? Who knows?” she said.

“It is devastating but saying that I have seen this kind of thing happen before and you cannot get angry about it, the people that did this are the losers not us.

“We will not be defeated, we plan to replace the stones with an alternative piece, using the same art work designed for this area.

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“It will be bigger and more robust.”

Mid Suffolk district council portfolio holder, Diana Kearsley said she was “appalled” by the vandalism.

“Words fail me really, I am appalled by this demonstration of ignorance and selfishness by a small group who clearly have little respect for anything,” she said.

Anyone who has information about the vandalism is urged to contact Suffolk Police on 01473 615300.