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Man in Spiderman mask ‘attacks BBC HQ statue’

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A disguised individual used a hammer and chisel to attack a statue in front of the BBC Broadcasting House in central London.

It occurs days after restoration work began on the statue of Prospero and Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest by Eric Gill, who is alleged to have sexually assaulted two of his daughters.

On Saturday, a man donning a Spiderman disguise was spotted on scaffolding encircling a sculpture.

In addition, he had hung a banner criticising the corporation.

Saturday’s BBC Radio London news broadcast described him as a “mask-wearing protester.”

The statue has been on display at Broadcasting House since 1932, but it was vandalised in 2017 in response to demands for its removal.

Saturday morning at approximately 4:15 a.m., the Metropolitan Police were notified of a man ascending scaffolding at a business on Portland Place.

According to a police spokesman, the individual was allegedly vandalising a sculpture. Officers responded to the scene.

“It was not possible to securely detain the man given the incident’s circumstances, including his height.

“Specialist officers have been called to the scene.”

The statue has been struck with a mallet in the past.

The BBC announced on Tuesday that after “careful consideration” of the building’s historical and cultural significance and discussions with leading cultural organisations such as Historic England, the repair work was approved with all costs covered by the corporation’s insurance and not the licence fee.

On Tuesday, scaffolding was erected around the structure and skilled stonemasons began restoring the sculpture sculpted from Caen stone, a variety of limestone quarried in north-west France.

The broadcaster stated that the restoration work would be used to provide additional context about the artwork and Gill, and that the public would also have access to a QR code nearby.

Robert Seatter, head of BBC History, said: “Broadcasting House is a building of historical and cultural significance and one of the foundations of modern-day broadcasting, both in this country and around the world.

“We have a responsibility to maintain and preserve the building for generations to come.

“Alongside this, Gill’s abusive behaviour and lifestyle are well documented and the BBC in no way condones his behaviour.

“So while it is right that the fabric of the building is restored, we must also ensure people are fully informed about the history connected to it.”

Gill was a renowned sculptor in the 1900s who passed away in 1940. However, when his diaries were published at a later date, they revealed the sexual abuse of his daughters.

Over 3000 people have signed a petition demanding the removal of the sculpture, led by activist group 38 Degrees.

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