Nova Scotia

Vandals deface Queen Victoria statue in Yarmouth

Vandals attacked a Queen Victoria statue in southwest Nova Scotia recently, sparking a police investigation.

Vandals attacked a Queen Victoria statue in southwest Nova Scotia recently, sparking a police investigation.

The statue was carved into a tree trunk that would otherwise have been removed from Frost Park, Yarmouth.

The nose was cut out, the eyes defaced and a cross on her head was chopped off. The badly damaged carving remains in the park. The incident came to light this week, but it's not clear when the damage occurred.

Corp. Andrew Clarke said the RCMP are looking for the vandals.

"Like any investigation, we try to see if there are witnesses and look for suspects," he said Tuesday.

Members of IODE (which during the British empire stood for Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire) said they were saddened by the damage.

The group celebrates the Queen on Victoria Day. Shirley Bradsaw, vice-president of the Leif Erickson chapter, said members were upset to learn about the defacement.

"I expect they are all rather disgusted and dismayed that such a thing would happen," she said. 

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