North East Lincolnshire Council has been left with a clean-up bill after a spate of mindless vandalism across Grimsby at the weekend.
The council has put out an appeal to the public to come forward with any information after vandals attacked the remaining lion at the entrance to Weelsby Woods, spraying its back, eyes and forehead with purple and green paint and the initials CD.
The historic lion, which has stood at the entrance to the woods since they opened in 1951, has been alone since a car accident destroyed a second lion, which sat opposite it, last year. Delicate repairs to that lion are still on-going.
Offensive language was also found sprayed at the entrance to the Newby Centre, the cafeteria in Weelsby Woods, and across some of the bins.
Similar paint was used to deface the steps of the new Garth Lane Bridge – the fifth time the showcase bridge has been vandalised since it opened less than three years ago.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: “We are currently assessing how we can remove the paint and restore the lion back to how it should be.
“We will have to repair the steps at Garth Lane yet again. These are mindless acts of vandalism, and ones which will cost us financially to sort out.
“If anyone has any information regarding the incidents, can they please call the police on 101 quoting crime reference 24000009722.”