Sword swiped from popular Nanaimo statue
Vandals have damaged the statue of a popular Nanaimo mayor and police are asking the public's help in retrieving a key piece of the sculpture.
On either Oct. 23 or Oct. 24, someone broke the sword off the statue of former mayor Frank Ney in the city's Maffeo Sutton Park, said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Gary O'Brien.
Ney was mayor of Nanaimo from 1967 to 1984 and again from 1986 until 1990 and was instrumental in bringing the bathtub races to Nanaimo, for which the city became known worldwide, said O'Brien.
Ney was known for his outgoing personality and his habit of attending civic events dressed as a pirate.
The statue depicts Ney in a pirate outfit, holding the upright sword — now missing — in his right hand.
The statue was financed entirely by public donations and created in 1994 by local artist Jack Harman.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.