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Margaret Thatcher statue egged inside hours of going up

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A statue of Margaret Thatcher was egged lower than two hours after being installed in her home town of Grantham.

Others voiced their disapproval of the brand new memorial to the divisive former prime minister, with several motorists booing loudly as they drove past.

One man shouted “tear it down” while one other said “this is not any good for Grantham, is it?”

The £300,000 statue was lowered into place within the Lincolnshire town on Sunday after plans to place it in Parliament Square in London were opposed because of fears of vandalism.

In Grantham it was decided the statue be placed on a 10ft granite plinth with a CCTV camera installed directly opposite in an try to deter vandals.

Reports originally presented to South Kesteven District Council showed the statue was moved to the world because of fears of a “motivated far-left movement… who could also be committed to public activism”.

After a large-scale £100,000 unveiling ceremony was approved by the council in 2020, a Facebook group proposing an “egg-throwing contest” on the event attracted interest from greater than 13,000 people.

Around 2,400 others visited the Facebook page to say they’d go to the event including “egg throwing … and potentially graffiti art”.

On Sunday, a person in a white shirt showed as much as the installation with a carton of eggs and started hurling them on the statue from behind a surrounding temporary fence.

A cry of “oi” was heard after an egg landed heading in the right direction and police arrived inside minutes.

The statue remained behind the fence but a council spokesman said the Public Memorials Appeal, which funded the statue through donations, will host an official unveiling ceremony at a later date.

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