Upset as vandals hit Exmouth dinosaur trail

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 August 2016

Exmouth Dinosaur Trail-the T-Rex hatching on Madeira Walk pictured on Tuesday morning minus its head. Ref exe 32-16SH 5101. Picture: Simon Horn.

Exmouth Dinosaur Trail-the T-Rex hatching on Madeira Walk pictured on Tuesday morning minus its head. Ref exe 32-16SH 5101. Picture: Simon Horn.

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‘Mindless’ vandals have decapitated a model dinosaur as a spate of damage hit Exmouth’s new Jurassic Safari trail.

Exmouth Dinosaur Trail-the T-Rex hatching on Madeira Walk pictured late on Monday afternoon. Ref exe 32-16SH 4969. Picture: Simon Horn.Exmouth Dinosaur Trail-the T-Rex hatching on Madeira Walk pictured late on Monday afternoon. Ref exe 32-16SH 4969. Picture: Simon Horn.

The baby Tyrannosaurus rex, in Madeira Walk, lost its head, and a baby triceratops in Gunfield Gardens was smashed.

Dinosaurs, which have proved popular with visitors, have been placed around the town to promote the Jurassic Coast, sponsored by businesses and schools, with the damaged triceratops sponsored by Sunshine Pre-school.

Town management officer Suzanne Birkett said the organisers were ‘gutted’ about the damage.

She said: “There are so few of us doing this and it’s such hard work to be continually pulled aside by vandalism. The team is running behind trying to find a way to secure them, but if someone is determined, there is little we can do.”

Ms Birkett added that a velociraptor had also been removed for repairs, and said the organisers were considering fencing off larger dinosaurs as people were climbing on them and causing damage.

Concerned resident Sue Goulding, of St Andrews Road, described when she came across the headless T-rex: “There were a couple of women there with three or four small children, aged five or six, and the little kids’ faces looked so disappointed, because they’d been looking for the dinosaur and it was minus a head.

“I think when people do this sort of thing, they don’t consider how it will affect others, because the children get such pleasure from it. It’s just mindless, just for the sake of doing it.”

The trail was organised by the Exmouth Town Team with Exmouth Town Council, East Devon District Council and the Jurassic Coast Team.

Police said the damage to the T-rex and triceratops was thought to have occurred between 6.15pm and 7.30pm on Monday, August 8.


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