Two knights have been removed on Lincoln High Street after being targeted by vandals overnight.
One sculpture was said to have a large crack running from top to bottom, almost splitting the knight in half.
UPDATE: Police rescued one knight from the water and charged two men in their 20s with criminal damage:
All that remains of the sculptures at the Stonebow and High Bridge are their plinths, and the metal fasteners they have been ripped from.
Residents reported that the knight under the Stonebow in the city centre has been taken from its base and moved to the bridge, where another knight had been removed.
Organisers of the Lincoln Knights Trail have said work is going to determine whether the Proud Knight, sponsored by the City of Lincoln Council, at the Stonebow can be repaired.
Saddened to hear about the damage to our Proud Knight. We will let you all know if and when he can be repaired. We hope this will be soon. pic.twitter.com/wdx69kGNWa
— Lincoln Council (@lincolncouncil) July 14, 2017
The Knight Music, sponsored by Lincs FM is said to have suffered less significant damage.
Matt Corrigan from organisers Lincoln BIG told The Lincolnite: “It’s disappointing, but we are keeping spirits high and doing all we can to get the knights back onto the trail.
“Both knights have been taken back to our offices and we are currently assessing the damage. We are also being joined by the artist later this morning in order to help with repairs.”
It’s not the first time the Stonebow knight has been targeted by vandals: