A police chief inspector has praised the gallant actions of officers who rescued a Lincoln knight from the River Witham after two sculptures came under siege.
As reported earlier today, vandals severely damaged one sculpture, part of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, leaving it with a crack splitting the knight almost completed in half.
They then dragged it from the Stonebow to High Bridge.
The High Bridge knight was also vandalised. Police, who were called to reports of criminal damage at 3.20am and found the sculpture in the River Witham near to the Green Dragon pub before pulling it to safety with a dog noose.
Chief Insp Stewart Brinn said, “Our very own knights in shining armour were able to help their compatriots in their hour of need. When summonsed, they entered boldly onto the field of battle and were quickly able to assist one knight who had been treacherously unhorsed.
“Further forays revealed another had been unchivalrously thrown into the river and left to fend for himself.
“Police officers were able to lasso the errant steed using a noose designed to deal with out of control dogs.
“As a result of the prompt assistance, the heroic knight will once again be able to enthral tourists and locals alike as part of the historic knights trail, resuming his position defending the city from the ‘Green Dragon’.
“Two men have been arrested on suspicion of this unchivalrous behaviour. Should any villagers, be they noblefolk or serfs, have witnessed these atrocities, we ask that their civic duty compel them to come forward and bear witness, calling 101 and quoth inc 36 of 13 July.”
Two men in their 20s were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Police have said they remain in custody at the time of writing.
Work is currently ongoing to determine the extend of the damage caused and it’s hoped both knights can be returned to their positions.