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Police investigating vandalism at Covid-19 exhibition

Police investigating vandalism at Covid-19 exhibition

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Police investigating vandalism at Covid-19 exhibition

An exhibition of portraits of essential workers who "kept Jersey going" through the pandemic has been vandalised near statue of General Don in Parade Gardens.

The portraits were captured by photographer Dasa Wharton during lockdown and have been on display at several locations in St. Helier, including the Royal Square and the Weighbridge.

The portraits, which include health workers as well as local faces ranging from the Lieutenant Governor to wedding dress seller Anna Trigg to Express's own TMF Lockdown Hero, hairdresser Dominic Basilio, who swapped his scissors for packing food deliveries at the Salvation Army, are being displayed on wooden bases.

Video: A member of the public captured the incident on video.

But on Sunday night, between 18:30 and 19:00, the wooden bases were pushed down.

A member of the public captured the incident on video before contacting the Parish and the police, who have confirmed they are looking into the incident.

The artist has asked anyone who has any information about what she described as this "sad incident" to come forward.

"I created this exhibition as a celebration of the incredible work and sacrifices of our key and essential workers, now someone pushed down the images of doctors, nurses and shopping assistants down to the ground," she said.

The wooden bases have since been repaired and replaced by Signtech.


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