Council condemns Exmouth dino vandals

PUBLISHED: 06:30 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:35 25 August 2016

Stegosaurus model on display in the Strand.

Stegosaurus model on display in the Strand.

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Exmouth Town Council has condemned the acts of vandalism against the model dinosaurs installed around the town.

On the eve of the Jurassic safari on Sunday (August 21), the stegosaurus in The Strand was damaged and had to be removed.

This comes after a baby Tyrannosaurus rex in Madeira Walk lost its head.

Chairman of Exmouth town team John Thorogood is hopeful the dinosaurs can remain part of the town beyond the planned one-year stint despite the vandalism.

He said: “It is hoped that the dinosaurs can remain as a permanent feature in our town but, sadly, in recent weeks, mindless vandalism has occurred to four of the dinosaurs with one being damaged twice.

“Very serious damage was caused to the large exhibit in the Strand Gardens over last weekend where the entire tail section was broken off.

“This delinquent behaviour is already proving costly in terms of staff time and resources and the Exmouth Town Council cannot sustain such an ongoing and destructive problem, probably carried out by just a small group of individuals bent on spoiling the enjoyment of the majority.”


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