Vandal named and fined for damaging Coventry landmark

The statue was damaged and now the man responsible has appeared in court
-Credit: (Image: Scott Duffin)

A vandal who damaged a Coventry landmark has appeared in court. Christopher Docker, from Holyhead Road, admitted snapping the Naiad statue from its mounts in Upper Precinct in April.

Coventry City Council was forced to remove the sculpture, made by the city's own George Wagstaff, and place it into storage before reinstating it back into its home in the city centre, with more secure fixings.

Docker was arrested following a police appeal. He was charged with criminal damage and, at Coventry Magistrates Court on July, the 40-year-old admitted the charge and was fined. The amount he was fined was not available from the court.

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But the court action has been welcomed by councillor Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, who thanked those who helped to secure the conviction, including those who reported it.

"As a council, we have spent millions of pounds of grant funding to transform our precinct into a fantastic place for residents, traders and visitors. Children especially love the new play fountains," Cllr O’Boyle said. "That is why it is so important that we protect it by reporting any, big or small, vandalism when we see it.

“This conviction is positive news and sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in our city. I’d like to thank everyone who reported the incident. I would also like to thank our police colleagues for their quick action and the work they do to protect our city."

People can report vandalism to public areas in the city centre to the council by calling the customer service centre on 08085 834333

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