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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Two charged with Dewar statue attack
Donald Dewar's statue
The statue stands in Glasgow's Buchanan Street
Two men have been charged with vandalism after a statue of Donald Dewar was damaged for the third time.

The memorial to Scotland's late first first minister, which stands in Glasgow's Buchanan Street, was erected earlier this month.

The city's CCTV operators saw two men in their 20s on the statue in the early hours of Friday morning.

A report is being sent to the procurator fiscal.

Donald Dewar statue
The statue's glasses have been damaged on three occasions

The glasses worn by the 9ft tall bronze figure have been damaged on two previous occasions in the past month.

The figure was unveiled by Prime Minister Tony Blair on 7 May.

But within days the glasses had been left twisted and bent by vandals.

Police said that they believed late night revellers may have caused the damage while placing a traffic cone on the statue's head.

Towering political figures

They put the incident down to high jinks and said they were satisfied that those responsible had no criminal intentions.

But following a second incident, police warned that they would be studying CCTV pictures in an attempt to catch offenders.

The statue was created by artist Kenny Mackay, 35, whose workshop is in Mr Dewar's former constituency of Anniesland.

At the unveiling, Mr Blair said the founding figure of Scottish devolution was "without doubt one of the towering political figures of his generation".

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