I RUBBED my eyes in disbelief when I saw that metal thieves had hacked off the tail and front hoof of the equestrian statue in Malvern Park, ‘Thr Horse of Tamar’.
As readers know that statue is used on the masthead of the Solihull News and it was chosen because we felt it was a fitting symbol and landmark of Solihull. Now this unique piece of art has been vandalised in an outrageous affront to the borough.
One has to ask what will be next? The brass name plates from the war memorial outside St Alphege Church?
The thieves also took play equipment from the park, a popular target, while manhole covers have long been coveted by these soul less vandals.
One assumes the same fate befell the fountain, removed by Solihull council’s works department, that once stood in Mell Square.
Obviously, metal trading is a legitimate business, but there’s a black economy out there and someone knows what happened to our landmark and somewhere a scrap merchant has parted with cash for it.
It is indeed a sorry time for a society that see pieces of public art vandalised for pennies.