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Aylesbury's David Bowie statue vandalised..again

David Bowie Statue Vandalised again (Oct)

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:34pm 11th October 2018.

The David Bowie statue in Aylesbury has been vandalised for a second time.

Last night (10th Oct) blue paint was sprayed on and around the 'Earthly Messenger'.

Graffiti was also sprayed onto some pavements, doors and hoardings.

But, this isn't the first time this has happened, the statue was also vandalised in March just days after the statue's unveiling.

David Bowie statue in Aylesbuy vandalised again
Graffiti sprayed on a window

No public money was used to pay for the memorial, but it all came from a crowdfunding campaign which attracted donations from across the world.

What's happening now?

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s street cleansing team is already hard at work removing the graffiti from the pavements and hoardings.

They’ve also contacted the property owner of the door that was sprayed with graffiti, and Friars Aylesbury promoters David and Sue Stopps, who spent two years raising money from Bowie fans worldwide to create the statue.

David Stopps commented:

“This is so upsetting, especially as we had Earthly Messenger professionally cleaned and waxed only yesterday by the foundry who did the original bronze casting.

"Bowie fans are coming from all over the world to see the statue and this really doesn’t do justice to the thousands of local people that supported this project. We will be restoring Earthly Messenger to its former glory as soon as possible.”

David Bowie statue in Aylesbuy vandalised again
Other vandalism that took place last night

AVDC has reported the incident to Thames Valley Police and asked them to view CCTV footage from the town centre to see if the perpetrators can be identified and brought to justice.

Councillor Julie Ward, Cabinet Member for Civic Amenities, said:

“I’m shocked and saddened by this mindless vandalism in Aylesbury. Not only is it incredibly anti-social, but Council Tax payers will also end up having to foot the bill for the clean-up.

"I’m also mindful of how upsetting this type of vandalism must be for our residents, visitors and the crowdfunders of the Earthly Messenger statue.

"Fortunately, incidents such as this are rare in Aylesbury, and I hope that all traces of the vandalism can be removed shortly.”

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