Slavery sculpture damaged by vandals

Slavery sculpture damaged by vandals

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

A GLOBE sculpture installed in Waterloo to educate people about the history of slavery has been removed after it was damaged by vandals just two days after it was put in place.

The artwork, in Marine Gardens, now has two deep cracks on either side of the globe, exposing the inner lining.

A sign informs people that due to “significant damage” the sculpture was considered a “health and safety risk” and had to be removed.

Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens have said they are “sorry that the actions of a very small minority have spoilt it for everyone.”

The globe was  part of the World Reimagine art project that aims to help people understand the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and its impact on society.

The sculptures  are being placed at several locations across  the country to promote this important message with Waterloo one of the places selected.

Sefton Council is encouraging anyone with information to contact the police.

A spokesperson said: “We are very disappointed the art installation has been vandalised. We are completely supportive of The World Reimagined project.

“We encourage anyone with information to call 101 and inform the police.

“It is noted that Merseyside Police introduced a Dispersal Zone in Crosby following reports of anti social behaviour caused by groups of youths in the area.

“Officers will be in the area to provide a visible presence and deal with any incidents.”

Police imposed a dispersal zone from August 11-13 which included the areas of Crosby beach, Potters Barn Park and Cambridge Road.

There have been other reports of youths starting fires and causing anti-social behaviour in the area, particularly near to the beach.

Community Policing Chief Inspector Tracie Trubshaw, said: “Recently our officers have received reports of youths behaving in an anti-social manner and setting fires in our green spaces around Crosby. 

“We are clear that we will not tolerate such reckless, dangerous behaviour which puts our community at risk.

“This dispersal zone allowed extra officers to remain in the area to disperse any groups causing such incidents, and to provide reassurance to the vast majority of law-abiding people in the area.

“If you are out and about enjoying the good weather on Crosby beach and have any concerns, please speak to our officers out on patrol or contact us so we can take action.”

Firefighters have also issued an appeal to parents to speak to their children about the consequences of causing deliberate fires. Mark Thomas, area manager for prevention at Merseyside Fire and Rescue said: “If you have young people at home, please speak to them about the consequences of their actions.

“Do you know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing?

“By working together to actively prevent such incidents, it could ensure that you don’t receive a knock at the door from a police officer informing you that your child has been arrested or, worse still, has been involved in a serious accident.”

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