Public Appeal Over Vandalized Tiger
St Helens Council's Safer Communities Team has hit out at
senseless vandals after a much-loved wooden sculpture in Victoria
Park was left damaged.
Created in 2014 by a Merseyside-based sculptor Thompson Dagnall,
the carved wooden tiger that lies close besides the bandstand was
introduced as part of the park's refurbishment, and is made out of
wood salvaged from an unsafe, 70+ year old oak tree.
However significant damage was discovered on the tiger's tooth,
ear and tail last Friday (17 August), with the debris found in the
It is believed the vandalism took place the previous evening
(Thursday 16 August).
Appealing to members of the public who may have witnessed the
offence, Colette McIntyre, St Helens Council's Anti-Social
Behaviour Manager, said:
"The carved tiger is a treasured feature of our green flag
award winning park, so I'm utterly appalled that someone would have
the audacity to destroy something that means so much to the local
"St Helens Council and its community partners will not
stand for this type of criminal damage, therefore I would urge
anyone who may have been in Victoria Park that evening and heard a
commotion by the bandstand to get in touch with the police or the
council and provide as much information as they can so that those
responsible can be held accountable."
If you have any information, contact Merseyside Police via their
social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or call 101, quoting the
reference number 18200176419.
Alternatively phone the independent charity Crimestoppers,
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Vandalism to council property can be reported to St Helens
Council by calling 01744 676789 or via the council's mobile app
which is free to download from all app stores.
This year, St Helens Council has made it easier for the public
to know what action to take if they witness anti-social behaviour
taking place in their area through the launch of a new
#Ready2Report provides the information needed to judge whether
the type of nuisance is environmental or criminal; where they can
get help from; and what they can do to stay safe.
For more information, visit: www.safersthelens.org.uk/ready2report