A long-standing community campaigner has hit out at the “disgraceful” vandals who attacked a tribute to Dundee’s jute workers with spray paint.
The Jute Women sculpture on Lochee High Street has been covered with graffiti — with green paint daubed on both the adult and child figures.
Stella Carrington, who modelled for the adult figure, said that it was “tragic” to see the city’s heritage being disrespected.
She said: “It is really disgraceful.
“It took us 10 years to get that statue for the people of Lochee.
“It’s such a fantastic statue — it represents people’s heritage.
“It’s sad when people do something like this to promote the city’s heritage and something like this happens.”
Stella believes that the shape of the statue and poor street lighting may have helped the vandals stay hidden.
She said: “The sculpture curls around and so someone could stand there and not been seen.
“People could hide around the back of it and then graffiti it when nobody is looking.
“I have been saying they should put a spotlight on it since the street lighting is getting less bright around here.
“I’m sure that this was done through the night.”
It’s the second time the statue has been damaged since it was unveiled in September 2014. Yobs sprayed the statue with streaks of paint in January last year, just months after it was unveiled.
Lochee councillor Alan Ross called it a “mindless act of vandalism”.
He added: “It will cost the council more money to clean it up. To do it to something as important as this statue — you cannot condone that type of behaviour.
“It’s modelled on Stella, who is a huge champion for the city and a former Citizen of the Year. It’s totally unacceptable. I don’t know why someone would want to do this, or what they would get out of it.”
The attack comes after police figures revealed that incidents of vandalism in Lochee have increased by 36% in the last quarter.
Officers recorded 63 incidents of vandalism across the area from July to September this year.
Stella said: “I’ve done as much as I can do save for getting in touch with the police to get a cleaning kit and doing it myself. I hope that the vandals who did this hang their heads in shame.”