Carvings vandalised within hours

Nikita Ahmed with her children Kian, six, and Bobby, three, by the damaged blackbird statue. Main picture: OX66206 David Fleming

Nikita Ahmed with her children Kian, six, and Bobby, three, by the damaged blackbird statue. Main picture: OX66206 David Fleming

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WOODEN carvings that were installed in a Blackbird Leys park were vandalised just 72 hours later.

Four sculptures of animals were installed among the trees at Spindleberry Park last Thursday, along with a new path and information boards. Two of the sculptures, a deer and a blackbird, had parts broken off by Sunday morning.

The Conservation Volunteers, who are working in Blackbird Leys to improve green spaces, bought the statues with money from project funder Wren.

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Sculptor Matt Cave with the sculpture before it was vandalised

Creator Matt Cave, 36, said: “The blackbird alone would normally cost around £1,000, but it was for the park so I did them a good deal.”

One of the visitors was six-year-old Kian Ahmed, who goes to the park every day after school on his way home to Evenlode Tower.

His mum Nikita, 26, said: “I think it’s disgusting that they’ve been broken off, it was really nice to have something extra for kids on that path.”

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The Ahmeds with the vandalised deer statue

Blackbird Leys Parish Council chairman Gordon Roper said: “They get something nice and they’re going around and spoiling it.”

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City councillor Scott Seamons added: “It might just have been kids climbing on them and they snapped off.”

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7:25am Thu 27 Mar 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Sorry but did anybody really expect anything different to happen. You only have to look at the local youth to see there is zero pride in the area they live in or anything other than the latest trainers or mobile.
Sorry but did anybody really expect anything different to happen. You only have to look at the local youth to see there is zero pride in the area they live in or anything other than the latest trainers or mobile. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 23

8:02am Thu 27 Mar 14

bicesterlady says...

So sad. Whoever did this probably lacks the intelligence to see why it's so wrong.
Feel so sorry for the decent folk trying to make it a nicer place to live, having it shoved back in their face by the people that are the whole reason it is not such a nice place to live
So sad. Whoever did this probably lacks the intelligence to see why it's so wrong. Feel so sorry for the decent folk trying to make it a nicer place to live, having it shoved back in their face by the people that are the whole reason it is not such a nice place to live bicesterlady
  • Score: 13

8:18am Thu 27 Mar 14

The Foxy Lady says...

Again, just like the bird shootings in Bicester, there are people out there whom just going about and being absolute idiots is their way of life. Boredom and nothing to aim for seems rife. They seem wanton on deliveratly being offensive and by destroying everything around them and having 0 respect for things, seem to gain some kind of twisted pleasure . It's about time this country kicked itself up the backside and sorted out the huge problems.
Again, just like the bird shootings in Bicester, there are people out there whom just going about and being absolute idiots is their way of life. Boredom and nothing to aim for seems rife. They seem wanton on deliveratly being offensive and by destroying everything around them and having 0 respect for things, seem to gain some kind of twisted pleasure . It's about time this country kicked itself up the backside and sorted out the huge problems. The Foxy Lady
  • Score: 7

8:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

"City councillor Scott Seamons added: “It might just have been kids climbing on them and they snapped off.” Sadly the offspring of the anthropoids in BBL rarely snap off. If they did the world would be a better place.
"City councillor Scott Seamons added: “It might just have been kids climbing on them and they snapped off.” Sadly the offspring of the anthropoids in BBL rarely snap off. If they did the world would be a better place. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 4

9:17am Thu 27 Mar 14

GRB says...

I feel for a lot of folk in BBL. Some good people there but they have to put up with some absolute morons with no respect for anyone or anything. Idiots.
I feel for a lot of folk in BBL. Some good people there but they have to put up with some absolute morons with no respect for anyone or anything. Idiots. GRB
  • Score: 13

10:43am Thu 27 Mar 14

Neonlights says...

I'm surprised they managed to last 72 hours before being vandalised. Got to be a record for BlackBird Lees for some thing to last that long before being attacked.
I'm surprised they managed to last 72 hours before being vandalised. Got to be a record for BlackBird Lees for some thing to last that long before being attacked. Neonlights
  • Score: 6

10:51am Thu 27 Mar 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

On a serious note, there is no happiness in the lives of those who did it. They'll give and receive no happiness. It had better they had never been born. Startlingly, to young people it was indeed Labour Party policy in the 1930's that the inadequate be dissuaded from reproducing . Yet it is now Labour which is so vociferous that the inadequate be bribed to reproduce. Funny old world.
On a serious note, there is no happiness in the lives of those who did it. They'll give and receive no happiness. It had better they had never been born. Startlingly, to young people it was indeed Labour Party policy in the 1930's that the inadequate be dissuaded from reproducing . Yet it is now Labour which is so vociferous that the inadequate be bribed to reproduce. Funny old world. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 5

12:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

EMBOX2 says...

Contraceptive pills hidden in McDonalds, Burger King & KFC is the way forward.......
Contraceptive pills hidden in McDonalds, Burger King & KFC is the way forward....... EMBOX2
  • Score: 9

2:14pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jimlad2 says...

Unfortunately feral parents make feral kids! Some people have absolutely no respect for the environment around them or the others who inhabit it. Such a shame.
Unfortunately feral parents make feral kids! Some people have absolutely no respect for the environment around them or the others who inhabit it. Such a shame. Jimlad2
  • Score: 8

5:47pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Isawyoucoming says...

The Foxy Lady wrote:
Again, just like the bird shootings in Bicester, there are people out there whom just going about and being absolute idiots is their way of life. Boredom and nothing to aim for seems rife. They seem wanton on deliveratly being offensive and by destroying everything around them and having 0 respect for things, seem to gain some kind of twisted pleasure . It's about time this country kicked itself up the backside and sorted out the huge problems.
Graffiti vandals are exactly the same.
[quote][p][bold]The Foxy Lady[/bold] wrote: Again, just like the bird shootings in Bicester, there are people out there whom just going about and being absolute idiots is their way of life. Boredom and nothing to aim for seems rife. They seem wanton on deliveratly being offensive and by destroying everything around them and having 0 respect for things, seem to gain some kind of twisted pleasure . It's about time this country kicked itself up the backside and sorted out the huge problems.[/p][/quote]Graffiti vandals are exactly the same. Isawyoucoming
  • Score: 4

6:10pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Something more like the Story Tree in Bury Knowle Park would have been a wiser design. Scumbags are too lazy to climb that for their hobby of vandalism and the skilful chainsaw carving is just as beautiful. Idealism is good but common sense is useful too.
Something more like the Story Tree in Bury Knowle Park would have been a wiser design. Scumbags are too lazy to climb that for their hobby of vandalism and the skilful chainsaw carving is just as beautiful. Idealism is good but common sense is useful too. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: -1

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