Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Plaque in elephant enclosure unveiled by Rolf Harris is removed by zoo

12:36 01 July 2014

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Colchester Zoo has taken down a plaque unveiled by Rolf Harris after the Australian entertainer was convicted of indecently assaulting four girls.

shares

Harris was yesterday told to expect a prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of the offences which happened in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

And in response to the conviction the zoo, one of Essex’s largest tourist attractions, has decided to remove a plaque in their Spirit of Africa area.

Harris visited Colchester Zoo in April 1998 to open the Spirit of Africa’s elephant enclosure.

The event was marked by a plaque unveiled on the day and retained as the area expanded to include other animals.

However a zoo spokesman confirmed today the plaque had been removed, but had no further comment to make on the matter.

shares

5 comments

  • Plaque not plague!

    Report this comment

    noguts-noglory

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • while I don't condone what he did but If he had donated a few million pounds would they give it back ??

    Report this comment

    Janet Harvey

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • The elephants will never forget!!

    Report this comment

    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • or was it locusts?

    Report this comment

    richie w

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • What sort of plague did he unveil? Was it the black plague? If so well done Colchester Zoo, they could've done with you back in 1666!

    Report this comment

    CleverReporting

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury.

Union leaders have raised “serious concerns” about the amount of money spent on senior NHS staff in the region at a time when frontline workers have seen real time reductions in their earnings.

Sean Hickey from Haverhill who died while out cycling in Clare

Friends of Haverhill man Sean Hickey, who died after a collision with a car in west Suffolk, have paid tribute to the “kind, funny guy” and talented cyclist.

Youngsters at the Mayflower Project

A training centre teaching people boat building skills will temporarily close this month due to a lack of funding.

Pub quiz.

British author and mathematician Bertrand Russell said: “There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.”

Stock image of the A12.

A number of ladders have fallen from a lorry onto the road and central reservation on the A12 at East Bergholt.

Trains will be disrupted until approximately 2.30pm

Train services between Ipswich and Cambridge are being delayed by up to 30 minutes and suspended at short notice due to a signal fault between Cambridge and Dullingham.

The hearing impairment unit at Rushmere Hall School.
Back L-R David, Sarah Arch, Jo Hughes,Ann Wade,John.
Middle L-R Aston, Evie, Alfie.
Front L-R Amelia, Madison, Georgia.

Reporter Edmund Crosthwaite visited the specialist hearing impaired unit at Rushmere Hall Primary School as part of Deaf Awareness Week (May 2-8).

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24