The statue of New Jersey founder and slave trader Sir George Carteret has been covered in red paint and bound in 'chains'.
Police told Express the damage was reported them this morning and that they are now investigating.
Pictured: The statue this morning. (Shaun Crowther)
As part of the overnight attack, red paint was poured over Sir George's hands and feet, and black paper chains looped around his limbs.
It's the second time the bronze statue has been targeted in recent months.
Pictured: It's not the first time the statue has been attacked.
The statue of Sir George Carteret was erected in St. Peter in 2014 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey.
The US state was given its name by the St. Peter-born Vice-Admiral, who was gifted the land as thanks for sheltering King Charles during the English Civil War.
While the accompanying plaque acknowledges Sir George’s key role in island history, it does not reference the fact that the privateer supported and profited from the trade of slaves.
Pictured: How the statue normally looks.
The statue's erection was supposed to be privately-funded, but it emerged recently that more than £36,000 in public funds had been contributed towards it.
Express uncovered this week that £15,000 of that came directly from the Treasury following a plea for financial assistance from the St. Peter Constable of the time, John Refault. After a "shortfall" in donations, he was facing difficulties in covering the bill for the statue he had commissioned.
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