Giant Gromits hit by vandalism spree

Two of Bristol's 80 Aardman-themed sculptures have been damaged by revellers

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A charity initiative that has placed 80 giant Gromit statues around Bristol has been the victim of vandalism, with two of its sculptures damaged in three days.

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A five-foot Gromit, designed by Joanna Lumley to raise money for sick children, had its tail smashed off on Friday night in College Green. Now, a second Gromit has been levered off its plinth on Welsh Back in the city centre.

The sculptures are part of the Gromit Unleashed fundraising drive for the Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Restorers are now looking at the Lumley Gromit to see if he can be saved. Avon and Somerset Police are investigating the incident.

Among the designers of the 80 giant Gromits, which will be auctioned in October, are Harry Hill, Jools Holland, Trevor Bayliss, Quentin Blake, Cath Kidston, Paul Smith and Zayn Malik, alongside Aardman’s own Nick Park and Peter Lord.

Two years ago, Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal raised half a million pounds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital by auctioning giant gorilla statues.

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Charity director Nicola Masters said: “We are dismayed that anyone would want to damage one of the Gromit sculptures which have been created to raise money to treat sick children in hospital and to provide something for everyone in Bristol to enjoy.”