A person has been noticed utilizing a hammer to assault a statue on the skin of the BBC’s Broadcasting Home in central London.
The Metropolitan Police mentioned officers have been known as at round 4.15pm on Wednesday to Broadcasting Home in Portland Avenue, Westminster the place a person had used a ladder to achieve the 10ft tall figures above the entrance entrance.
Officers have cordoned off the doorway to the constructing, and London Ambulance Service paramedics have additionally arrived on the scene.
A spokesperson for the Met mentioned: “Officers attended and stay on scene trying to have interaction with the person.
“One other man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit prison injury.”
The sculpture, depicting Prospero and Ariel from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, was put in in 1933, in line with the BBC.
The sculptor, Eric Gill, is claimed to have sexually abused two of his daughters.
A biography on the Tate museum web site mentioned: “His non secular views and material distinction together with his sexual behaviour, together with his erotic artwork, and (as talked about in his personal diaries) his extramarital affairs and sexual abuse of his daughters, sisters and canine.”
Practically 2,500 individuals have beforehand signed a petition demanding the elimination of the sculpture on the web site of political activist group 38 Levels.
A spokeswoman for the BBC declined to remark.
The incident got here per week after a jury cleared 4 individuals of prison injury after they pulled down the statue of slave dealer Edward Colston.
The bronze memorial to the seventeenth century determine was pulled down throughout a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol on June 7 2020, earlier than being rolled into the water, and people accountable have been acquitted on January 5 following an 11-day trial on the Previous Bailey.