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Police hunt man seen vandalising iconic 'Hare and Minotaur' sculpture

It has always been a controversial work of art. Photo: ITV News

Police are hunting a man seen vandalising the iconic 'Hare and Minotaur' sculpture in Cheltenham early on Sunday.

The man poured white paint all over the Minotaur in the Promenade and then cycled off when he realised he had been seen by a pedestrian walking through the town centre at about 6.35am

The vandal was wearing a dark blue trilby hat and brown jacket. Credit: ITV News

He used white gloss paint of the kind intended for painting radiators.

DESCRIPTION OF VANDAL

  • male
  • white
  • wearing a dark blue trilby hat, light brown long jacket and dark blue jeans
  • rode off on a white mountain bike in the direction of the High street
This is not the first time the £50,000 sculpture has been vandalised. Credit: ITV West Country

The hare and minotaur sculpture, made of wire and weighing two and a half tones and standing nearly nine feet high, has been in the Promenade since 1997 when it was commissioned from Sophie Ryder for £50,000.

Inquiries are continuing into the incident and anyone who knows anything is urged to call the police on 101 and quote incident 42 of 4 April.