Burglary arrest after giraffe sculpture ‘used as battering ram’

Police have made an arrest after a giraffe sculpture, which was part of a hospice fund-raising bid, was used as a battering ram during a suspected burglary.

The yellow and green-coloured model, called Dotty, was one of the original 69 put up around Worcester in July as part of a walking trail to raise cash to expand the city’s St Richard’s Hospice.

In a tweet, West Mercia Police posted a photo of the giraffe propped against a clothes’ shop’s doors, next to a smashed window, while the sculpture’s plinth lay nearby.

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In a comment on the South Worcestershire local policing area Twitter account, police said: “Giraffe used as battering ram to commit burglary.

“One arrested for criminal damage and burglary.”

Commenting on the destruction on their Facebook page, organisers of the St Richard’s Hospice’s Worcester Stand Tall campaign said: “We are sorry to report that unfortunately one of our sculptures, Dotty, has been badly damaged.

“This means the sculpture has been removed from the trail.

“Unfortunately, she will not be returning to the trail, but we are doing everything we can to make sure she is ready to go back on display at our Farewell Event at Worcester Cathedral between 4th-7th October.”