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Oliver Cromwell statue has ‘racist’ graffitied on it for the second time


A STATUE of Oliver Cromwell has been daubed with graffiti for a second time.

The monument to the English Civil War figure had “racist” written on it in red paint and was covered with a plastic sheet.

Police were called after reports of three people climbing on the statue.

Insp Ian Thomson said: “Repairing this damage will cost thousands of pounds. This behaviour is not acceptable.”

It comes three months after the bronze in Wythenshawe Park, Gtr Manchester, was spray-painted with the words “Cromwell is a cockroach” and “f*** racist”.

Police are yet to make any arrests in connection with the latest graffiti incident but are appealing for information.

Councillors promised to review every statue in the city after a figure of slaver Edward Colston was thrown into a river during a Black Lives Matter demo in Bristol.

The Grade II listed bronze statue of Cromwell, which is mounted on a granite plinth and pedestal, is dated 1875.

Cromwell was an English general and statesman who led the Parliament of England's armies against King Charles I during the English Civil War in the 17th Century.

Thousands of people were massacred during Cromwell’s 17th century conquest of Ireland.

Trevor McDonald and Howard Sounes​ visit Cromwell Street​ to get an insight into the mind of Fred & Rose West

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