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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 August, 2005, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Italy Neptune statue loses hand
Neptune fountain
The right hand of the statue and other parts were damaged
A famous tourist attraction in the Italian city of Florence - the 16th Century statue of Neptune - has been damaged by clambering youths.

Police say one of the youths, who was caught on film by security cameras, broke off the right hand of the marble statue as he tried to climb it.

The hand is reported to have damaged other parts of the statue and fountain as it fell off.

No-one has been arrested but police are examining the security footage.

The Neptune fountain, in the Piazza della Signoria, was made by Italian sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati between 1565 and 1575.

Neptune is set in the middle of the fountain - also known as Il Biancone (the White Giant) - with other bronze figures at the base.


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