Kids hit out at Sunderland park sculpture vandals

The one remaining of the four statues unveiled last week in Thompson Park, Sunderland.

The one remaining of the four statues unveiled last week in Thompson Park, Sunderland.

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ANGRY children have hit out at yobs who ruined sculptures they created for a Sunderland park.

The pieces, unveiled last month in Thompson Park, Southwick, were damaged by vandals who pulled them from the ground.

The plinth of one of the statues stolen from Thompson Park, Sunderland.

The plinth of one of the statues stolen from Thompson Park, Sunderland.

The 6ft wooden sculptures were made with the help of young people from the Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project (SNYP).

They were found strewn across the park after would-be thieves aborted an attempt to steal them.

Northumbria Police called the act “despicable” and now some of the children involved in the 18-month project have spoken as their sadness and anger that their hard work has been ruined.

Mark Stoddart, 10, said: “It’s sad because they are a part of our community and part of us. It took us a long time to design and plan the statues and now there’s nothing there.”

Kiera Clark, 11, said she had worked hard on the sculptures.

Addressing the vandals, she said: “If it was you who did this, I hope you are disgusted with yourself.”

Thirteen-year-old Dan Smith said that he simply could not understand the behaviour of the “idiots” who damaged the work.

He added: “Why has someone done this?

“We try to do something good in the area and someone tries to ruin it.”

Angry Brandon Cumming, 11, is eager to see justice done.

He said: “They should be caught and put on public display all around the park for people to see.”

Police confirmed today that nobody has yet been arrested and they continue to appeal for information after last Sunday’s damage.

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