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Paddington Bear charity statue beheaded in Shoreditch

PUBLISHED: 15:53 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:42 22 December 2014

The vandalised statue was designed by and named for 13-year-old competition winner Maya [Photograph by Patrick Eidam]

The vandalised statue was designed by and named for 13-year-old competition winner Maya [Photograph by Patrick Eidam]

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One of the much-loved statues on the Paddington Trail has been beheaded in Shoreditch, causing outrage.

“Maya’s Bear” was due to be auctioned by Christie’s to raise money for children’s charity the NSPCC.

The statue had already attracted bids of £2,000, but on Sunday morning Patrick Eidam found the statue outside of the NSPCC office on Curtain Road beheaded.

Over 50 statues of the iconic children’s book character are on display across the city to celebrate the release of the new Paddington film. They are being sold in an online auction with all proceeds going towards fighting child abuse.

Celebrities and artists including Kate Moss, Take That, Harland Miller and Alan Shearer have all designed unique statues. This particular one was designed by Maya, 13, who said she wanted to represent all the people who have worked ‘hand-in-hand’ to make the world a safe place for children.

@Skintlondon kickstarted the campaign to #FindHisHead and branded the vandal an ‘idiot’ on Twitter.

The NSPCC have requested that anyone with any information on the vandalism should contact the police, using the non-emergency number 101.


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