POLICE are on the look out for the vandals who squashed Knutsford’s very own Elvis over the weekend.
Elvis the deer was installed in May 2013 in the centre of the Canute Square roundabout after the town’s floral group, Knutsford in Bloom, convinced Cheshire East Council that a sculpture would not cause a danger to passing motorists.
The deer – named Elvis by Macclesfield Community Garden Centre Project, which added the finishing touches to the sculpture – was donated by Tatton Park after former head gardener Sam Youd – and president of Knutsford in Bloom – suggested it could be going spare.
Yvonne Bancroft, chair of Knutsford in Bloom, told the Guardian Elvis had been squashed and his antlers taken sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
“There’s a part of me that thinks it’s a bunch of people who have come out the pub and think it’s funny to sit on him,” she said.
“But then I don’t know about that as they’ve stolen his antlers and that’s a bit nasty.
“It’s a shame because so many people have been in touch with the council to say how good he is.
“Cheshire East Council had planned to take him away for a while to re-stuff him so I’m hoping they can get out soon and repair his frame. As we were given it by Tatton Park I’m also hoping they’ve got some spare antlers knocking about.”
Yvonne said she had emailed police officers in Knutsford.
“I’m not sure if there’s CCTV that covers that area and it may be that the police know who has done it,” she added.
“The other side is that you want people to know it has happened so you can shame them.”
A spokesperson for Knutsford Police confirmed the roundabout was covered by CCTV and officers would be investigating the damage.
“It’s unfortunate because at times people who are doing these things think it is funny,” he said.
“But it costs people time and money to make it right.”
If you know who has vandalised Elvis call Knutsford Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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