A man has climbed a ladder to reach the Prospero and Ariel statue which was carved by Eric Gill and has adorned the front of the BBC broadcasting building since 1933.
Whilst the statue is rather splendid it seems the sculptor was a bit of a cad to say the least as he is recorded as having sexually abused his daughters for several years leading to a campaign to have the statue removed.
This statue has done no harm to anybody since 1933 and I would suggest it would be a good idea to leave it there, for whilst the sculptor may have been fairly beastly, the statue was not.
As for how to deal with this fellow who has committed criminal damage it would seem there is no option but to let the law take its course, however after the debacle of the Colston four who were acquitted after clearly taking part in a crime of criminal damage I fear perusing this fellow through the courts may be a waste of taxpayers money.
It seems the Colston four were set free as the jury thought their actions were justified regardless of the fact that they had clearly broken the law and as one of the accused compared their actions to those of the Suffragettes claiming their actions had changed things for the better.
Now while I cannot disagree that the actions of the Suffragettes did change history, I would also point out that to do so they had to face the long arm of the law and endure fairly lengthy prison sentences, unlike these modern people who seem to think it is perfectly fine to smash things to pieces and commit criminal damage without punishment at all.
I do believe that anyone who commits criminal damage should be punished it is the law of the land and as they say if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.
Destroying or damaging property.
(1)A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence.
(2)A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property, whether belonging to himself or another—
(a)intending to destroy or damage any property or being reckless as to whether any property would be destroyed or damaged; and
(b)intending by the destruction or damage to endanger the life of another or being reckless as to whether the life of another would be thereby endangered;
shall be guilty of an offence.
(3)An offence committed under this section by destroying or damaging property by fire shall be charged as arson.
Perhaps in another country he would have been blasted off the ledge with a water cannon, or shot. We could, perhaps, have taken a lesser option of taking his ladder away and wetting him thoroughly with a low pressure jet of water ( only to ensure that he was fully hydrated, of course!)
Having committed criminal damage I look forward to the court case, where justice will be done, or they will just let him off. Sadly I suspect the latter.