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Article date - 23 August 2018
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 bandstand.
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 community.
“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 website.
#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