Vandal targets Margret Thatcher statue just hours after unveiling

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A statue of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been erected just hours after she moved to her home town of Grantham over the weekend.

“Destroy it!” a man shouted in the direction of the statue on Sunday, while others walking past it booed loudly, according to Sky News.

Video filmed in Grantham, Lincolnshire, shows an unidentified man throwing eggs at the 20ft statue, which is surrounded by a fence. The man planted the statue within two hours of its installation on Sunday, the Guardian reported.

The statue of Britain’s first female Prime Minister was originally due to be installed in Parliament Square in Westminster, but was moved to Thatcher’s hometown in response to fears of a “motivated far-left movement…which could be engaged in public activism”. SkyNews reported.

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PA via Reuters A man throws eggs at a statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher as it is installed in her home town of Grantham, Lincolnshire.  Photo date: Sunday, May 15
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PA via Reuters A man throws eggs at a statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher as it is installed in her home town of Grantham, Lincolnshire. Photo date: Sunday, May 15
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Egg throwing at the statue has been long planned, with a Facebook group in 2020 offering an “egg throwing contest” after South Kesteven District Council approved an unveiling ceremony. The council installed a CCTV camera right in front of the memorial following the threats.

A statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher is put up in her hometown of Grantham, England, Sunday, May 15, 2022. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

A statue of Baroness Margaret Thatcher is put up in her hometown of Grantham, England, Sunday, May 15, 2022. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
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Although the statue drew protest from some citizens, the Tory leader of South Kesteven Council said it was “appropriate that [Thatcher] is commemorated by his birthplace.”

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“Margaret Thatcher will always be an important part of Grantham’s legacy,” adviser Kelham Cooke said, according to the Guardian. “She and her family have close ties to Grantham. She was born, raised and educated here.”

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is seen delivering her last speech as Prime Minister at the October 1990 Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool, Lancashire, before being impeached by her own colleagues a few weeks later .  Her fighting spirit and stern expression earn her the reputation of Iron Lady with a look that makes her opponents uncomfortable.  (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is seen delivering her last speech as Prime Minister at the October 1990 Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool, Lancashire, before being impeached by her own colleagues a few weeks later . Her fighting spirit and stern expression earn her the reputation of Iron Lady with a look that makes her opponents uncomfortable. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
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“It’s about inspiring, educating and informing people about someone who is such an important part of Grantham’s legacy.”

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Thatcher served as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and earned the nickname “Iron Lady” for her anti-Communist stance. She died in 2013 at the age of 87.

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