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Topiary tribute Beatle beheaded

The beheaded Ringo Starr

A foliage sculpture of Beatle Ringo Starr in the band's home city has been beheaded by vandals.

The topiary feature, which took 18 months to cultivate into the fab four, was unveiled at the city south Parkways Transport Exchange last month.

Starr's head was chopped off, but the rest of the Beatles were untouched.

The 67-year-old outraged some Liverpool residents when, after opening the European Capital of Culture events, he said he missed nothing about the city.

Merseytravel funded the topiary which was commissioned from artists in Tuscany and cultivated on the Wirral.

The piece was created by Italian sculptor Franco Covill and then nurtured and shaped into George, Ringo, John and Paul.

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