Sutton: Off with her head! Villagers baffled by beheading of Royal statue

WE are NOT amused.

In a what appears to have been an act of treasonous disobedience once punishable by death, mean-spirited vandals have defaced an image of Her Majesty by making “off with her head.”

Villagers in Sutton, near Woodbridge, are unsure whether a rebel republican was responsible for the offence or if it was simply a mean piece of mischief-making, but they are royally upset by the beheading.

The statue was put up outside Viv Aspinall’s house for an open garden event last week and was intended to remain in place – unscathed – over the Jubilee weekend.

But Mrs Aspinall was shocked to discover the headless head of state on her way to work.

“I kept checking on it because of the wind and it was fine until I saw the head had been pulled off,” she said. “It has really angered me – we did this to make Sutton look good for the community.”

Passers-by will notice that in place of the Queen’s head a note is now positioned that says: “The Queen’s head has been stolen by someone lacking community spirit.”

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Sue Collins, secretary of the village hall, suspected the head was spirited away and appealed for its swift return.

“At first I thought it had been blown off but it couldn’t be found,” she said. “It has obviously been taken by someone up to high jinx.

“It’s such a shame after we had a lovely weekend. We had more than 150 visitors to the village for the open gardens event but it all seems marred by this.”

n Villagers want the head returned for the Jubilee celebrations. If you know where it is call the East Anglian Daily Times’ Framlingham office on 01728 726535.

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