AN antiques shop owner is offering a cash reward after two statues outside his shop were decapitated by vandals.
Graham Hessell, who owns Cavendish Antiques and Tea Rooms on The Green, found his concrete Diana the Huntress and Pandora statues had been attacked overnight last Tuesday.
The severed heads were returned by police to Mr Hessell the following day, having been discovered on the opposite side of the village green.
“It is very sad really,” said Mr Hessell, who has always had statues outside the shop since opening three years. “You make an effort to present your business in a nice way and you get mindless vandals that ruin it.”
The statues, worth more than £600 in total, have been left unfit for sale and will be consigned to the scrap heap.
“Small businesses are finding it hard to trade and we don’t need vandalism to add to our woes and burdens,” explained Mr Hessell.
He has now put up a £100 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.
“We want to try to nip this sort of thing in the bud – there is too much vandalism going on in towns and villages these days,” said Mr Hessell.
“Someone will know who has done this and may well come forward with the temptation of a reward.”
Audrey Stumcke, a volunteer at the nearby Duck or Grouse community shop, said: “We don’t have much trouble generally but it will concern a lot of people.
“Cavendish is a pretty, popular village and this kind of incident is out of the ordinary. It is a shame for Cavendish and a shame for the owner.”
Sergeant Sarah Bartley, of Suffolk Police, said: “Criminal damage is a petty, opportunist crime and we will be making inquiries to identify the offenders.”
The vandalsim happened between 5pm on Tuesday, April 24, and 10am the next day. Calls should be made to Sgt Bartley on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.