Painted face of an owl sculpture

All eyes on you!

by Alison Cornmell

As Knowsley prepares to launch its Owl & Pussy-Cat sculpture trail the Council is sending a clear message of no tolerance to anyone intent on damaging or vandalising these elaborate new arrivals.

Already, a group (of three individuals) has been caught on camera adding their names to one of the owl sculptures which was only installed in Huyton Village on the evening of Wednesday (15 June). The whole incident was captured on CCTV cameras and the images have been shared with partners including Merseyside Police and local schools to identify those responsible.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“I couldn’t be more disappointed that already we have seen a small but nonetheless damaging act of vandalism on one of the sculptures. It really saddens me to see this but I am determined to use this as an example to show others that this kind of behaviour simply won’t be tolerated not just by the Council but also by the community as whole. These sculptures are there for everyone to enjoy and it isn’t acceptable to damage or deface them and those responsible should expect a knock on their door very soon.

“This sculpture trail is such a wonderful thing to be able to bring to Knowsley and I know that so many people from the borough and beyond will love following the trail over the summer months. We are working so hard to make Knowsley a great place to live and to visit so we just aren’t prepared to stand by and let a tiny minority of people spoil that.

“We are closely monitoring every single one of the sculptures and will capture any incidents on camera and share those images with our partners. I would also ask our communities – residents and businesses – to remain vigilant and work with us to protect the assets we have. Together, let’s take care of these wonderful animals!”

REPORT IT
In an emergency call 999.

If you witness any acts of vandalism report it to Merseyside Police via 101 or online here.

You can also report anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111, or visiting https://crimestoppers-uk.org/