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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 April, 2003, 10:57 GMT 11:57 UK
Teenager in court over statue 'arson'
Picture taken by Caroline Ellis from Birmingham Property Services
The statue was erected in 1991
A teenager has been remanded on conditional bail charged with arson after an attack which destroyed a 200,000 city centre statue.

The 16-year-old, from Bartley Green, was arrested with two other youths, aged 13 and 14, following the attack on the 'Forward' statue in Birmingham's Centenary Square last Thursday afternoon.

He appeared at Birmingham Youth Court on Thursday and was ordered to reappear at the court on 20 June for a committal to crown court.

Residents in Birmingham have been invited to submit their views about possible future uses for the site of the statue.

The 200,000 fibre-glass statue, by artist Raymond Mason, was erected when the square was completed in 1991.

Forward, a cream-coloured work known locally as the Lurpak sculpture because it looked almost as if it was carved out of butter, was supposed to represent the city's early 1990s renaissance.




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