Villagers’ fury as vandals ruin goose statue

The goose statue in Bishop's Waltham
The goose statue in Bishop's Waltham

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FURIOUS villagers have told of their anger after a much-loved statue of a goose was vandalised again.

The Bishop’s Waltham goose statue was put up in memory of the two birds that set up home on a roundabout in the village after being dumped there.

The damaged statue Picture: Rachel Edge

The damaged statue Picture: Rachel Edge

It was vandalised earlier this year when it head was knocked off, and less than 24 hours after being reinstated, the same thing happened again.

Parish clerk Lindsay Edge said: ‘We had two geese who we think were dumped in the village in 2015 that spent their days wondering around Bishop’s Waltham and the village loved them.’

The geese were nicknamed David and Davina by residents.

Lindsay said: ‘Unfortunately one of the geese was killed in what was believed to be a dog attack and the other was lonely.’

The lonely goose even got its own Twitter account and became a village icon until it started to attack people and wander into traffic.

Last year the ‘heartbroken’ goose made national news 
when it was removed and taken 
to a local rescue centre in Denmead.

Lindsay added: ‘It was a hazard to itself.’

The statue was created earlier this year to commemorate the goose’s legacy.

The parish council arranged to put it on the roundabout to remind people of the former resident.

But it was vandalised in April and the head was broken off.

Lindsay said: ‘After that incident, one of the residents managed to fix the statue as we had the body and the head but we lost its neck.

‘We put it back last Wednesday and we had wonderful comments on our Facebook page from people who were pleased it was back.

‘But over the weekend and this week people have been expressing their upset over this terrible incident happening again.’

She added: ‘We are so disappointed that somebody in Bishop’s Waltham has decided to destroy something that has given people a lot of pleasure.’

The statue will now be removed from the roundabout and 
local residents are now considering starting a crowdfunding 
page to purchase a more robust goose.

Lindsay added: ‘The council is also looking at fixing the statue and bringing it out for special occasions in the village.’