Vandal swung on David Whitfield statue at Hull New Theatre
The long-awaited statue of 1950s singing star David Whitfield has been damaged by vandals.
Police were called after CCTV operators spotted a man swinging from the statue, outside Hull New Theatre, on Sunday night.
The microphone stand was damaged.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail.
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Bill Wilkins, of The David Whitfield International Appreciation Society, led the campaign and fundraising effort to build the statue, only unveiled in August.
He said: "I couldn't believe it when I heard. Having spent so long getting it off the ground, it was very disappointing."
Mr Wilkins hoped the statue would be repaired before the society's annual meeting in Hull this weekend.
"We have got fans coming from all over the country and it would be terrible if the statue was still in a bit of a state when they got here."
Whitfield fan Anne Hilton was with the singer's widow Shiela when she was informed about the damage.
She said: "Shiela was absolutely stunned and very saddened."