The statue of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher smeared in red paint by vandals weeks after the egg

The statue of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was smeared in red paint by vandals weeks after an egg-throwing protest shortly after it was installed in her hometown.

The fences surrounding the monument were sprayed with a hammer and sickle, a symbol used on communist flags to show solidarity.

The sculpture, located in Grantham, is worth $378,960 or £300,000 and was funded by donations raised by a British historical charity.

According to a Lincolnshire Police spokesperson, ‘Just before 11.15pm yesterday we received reports of a person shown on CCTV acting suspiciously near the site. ”

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“Officers attended and found that graffiti had been spray painted on the barriers surrounding the statue, no damage would have been done to the statue itself.”

“This is being treated as criminal damage and an investigation is ongoing,” the spokesperson added.

Authorities in London had rejected a proposal to install the statue in a square opposite parliament due to concerns about “possible vandalism and civil unrest”.

But Thatcher’s hometown of Grantham in Lincolnshire, central England, where her father was a grocer, agreed to take the statue instead.

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Thatcher, who was Britain’s first female prime minister, ruled the country from 1979 to 1990. Also known as the Iron Lady, the Tory prime minister denied her own prediction that no woman would win the post of her living.

She continues to deeply divide opinion, nearly a decade after her death in 2013, over her policies of privatization, severing union power and selling off public housing.

Although his statue sits atop a 10ft high plinth under CCTV surveillance to minimize the risk of vandalism, it was lowered into place at St Peter’s Hill earlier this month, despite warnings it would be “eggée” and would attract boos from passing motorists.

(With agency contributions)

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