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Peter Pan statue to return home
The bronze figure had been vandalised several times

A statue of Peter Pan is being returned to its original home in a Liverpool park after undergoing restoration work costing 43,000.

The bronze figure in Sefton Park had been vandalised with the heads of animal figures cut off and stolen and graffiti daubed all over it.

The statue has been fully restored and will be returned during a special ceremony on Thursday.

It is an exact replica of the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, London.

Peter Pan, the story of the boy who never grew up, is a popular classic written by J M Barrie.

Liverpool City Council's executive member for green issues, Councillor Warren Bradley, said: "The statue was originally given to the city as a gift to Liverpool's children and I'm delighted that a new generation of youngsters will be able to visit Peter."

Thousands attended when the statue, the work of sculptor George Frampton, was unveiled in Liverpool on 16 June 1928.

Liverpool's Head of Sculpture Conservation, Sam Sportun, said: "Using the latest 3D digital scanning technology we restored the piece with a lot of support from local people who are keen to get Peter back into the park."

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