The face of one of Crystal Palace’s famous concrete dinosaurs has been smashed by vandals.
The nose and mouth of the Megalosaurus was smashed off, probably by use of a heavy implement sometime last week. The dinosaur is in the middle of the lake, so the vandal would have had to be fairly determined to get over there.
I hope my friend doesn’t mind me stealing this from her Instagram but I’m worried about the dinosaurs in Crystal Palace. pic.twitter.com/v3C0Nl7Fzp
— Graeme Swanson (@swansonian) May 20, 2020
In a statement, the Friends of the CP Dinosaurs said that they were notified about the damage by a member of the public last Monday, and is now working with the authorities to investigate the damage.
The dinosaurs and the island are on the national Heritage at Risk register.
Apart from the crime of vandalism, the the dinosaurs are Grade I listed and any intentional damage falls under the category of heritage crime, punishable by fines or incarceration.
The antlers of the Irish Elk were also found to be damaged, but that could have been due to high winds a couple of weeks ago.
The Friends are currently working on ways to improve the dinosaurs, and have recently secured funding to add a secured bridge to the island so that more people can enjoy them.
You can support the Friends here.