Hammer-Wielding Man Scales Building To Destroy Statue Built By Pedophile While Police Watch

A hammer-wielding man decided to scale BBC’s Broadcasting House in London in order to destroy a statue built by a known pedophile. The Prospero and Ariel statue was carved by Eric Gill in the early 1930s and has been on display ever since. While his crimes were not known when the sculpture was installed, his horrific crimes were later revealed when his diaries in which he recorded sexually abusing his daughters were discovered.

People have been campaigning for the statue’s removal for years. Due to his abuse of his own children, people and rights groups have been calling for the statue’s removal for several years, but so far, nothing has been done. That’s why the man decided to take action himself.

Police were called to the scene at about 4:15 p.m. However, the man wasn’t brought down for nearly four hours afer that, with officers watching on as he continued to chisel away at the sculpture. BBC staff claimed to have heard the man shout “pedophile” as he hit the stone. He’s said to have told negotiators: “If this happened decades ago, I wouldn’t be here would I?”

A fire crew had to bring him down. He was checked over by an ambulance crew before police arrested him on suspicion of criminal damage. He was taken into custody but it’s unclear what, if any, official charges he will face.

This isn’t the first time someone has wanted to destroy the sculpture. As BBC News reports, police earlier claimed that another man had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage.

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