Bury: Statue of comedian Victoria Wood knocked over in late-night taxi collision

A statue of comedian Victoria Wood has been knocked over by a taxi driver in her hometown of Bury.

Greater Manchester Police said the driver was taken to hospital after colliding with the two-metre-tall bronze sculpture shortly after 10pm on Monday.

He was left with minor injuries, and no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

The statue of the As Seen on TV star was unveiled in May 2019 after the actress died aged 62 from cancer in 2016.

'Terrible shock'

Her brother, Chris Foote Wood, said after the collision: "It's a terrible shock to be told that your sister has been knocked down by a taxi, but Victoria always was tough and her bronze statue even more so.

"She'll be back good as new very soon."

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A spokesman for Bury Council added: "Victoria Wood was a national treasure, and we are proud to call her one of our own.

"[The statue] has been a source of great pleasure to many visitors to Bury, and it's a huge disappointment that this incident has happened.

"We are currently making arrangements for the statue to be removed and kept in a safe place while we assess the extent of the damage to it.

"We will be in close contact with Victoria's family in deciding what to do next."