Man arrested for vandalising Queen Victoria statue

2015-04-13 13:18
An image captured on Friday morning of the vandalised Queen Victoria statue in Port Elizabeth. (<a href="" target="_blank">Gerida, Twitter</a>)

An image captured on Friday morning of the vandalised Queen Victoria statue in Port Elizabeth. (Gerida, Twitter)

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Port Elizabeth - Police have arrested a man for his involvement in the vandalism of the Queen Victoria statue in Govan Mbeki Avenue in Port Elizabeth last week.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg confirmed that a 24-year-old man had been arrested and was expected to appear in court on Monday.

The Queen Victoria statue, which has stood outside the city’s main library since 1905, was covered in green paint last week.

Video footage captured from CCTV cameras in the city centre shows a white male, apparently acting alone, climbing out of a vehicle just after 23:00 on Thursday evening and throwing paint on the statue.

He then climbed back into the vehicle and drove off.

The damage was later discovered later by guards on patrol in the area, and reported to authorities.

The CCTV footage has been handed over to the police forensics team.

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