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New statue of former PM Margaret Thatcher has been vandalised hours after it was erected

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<p>A new statue of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has been vandalised - just hours after it was erected.</p><p>The £300,000 monument was today (Sun) installed without ceremony in her hometown of Grantham, Lincs., on a 10ft (3m) high plinth under CCTV surveillance.</p><p>The statue towers over St Peter's Hill Green, close to the site of the grocers shop owned by Baroness Thatcher's family.</p><p>But within just two hours of it being put in place - and despite a temporary fence surrounding the memorial - eggs had been thrown at it.</p><p>Video shared on social media showed a man in a white t-shirt approach the site with a box of eggs before throwing three towards the statue.</p><p>The first two missed, but the protester connected with one egg, which was still visible on the statue on Sunday afternoon.</p><p>The divisive memorial was offered to South Kesteven District Council after Westminster Council rejected it amid fears of "civil disobedience and vandalism".</p><p>A planned £100,000 unveiling ceremony was heavily criticised in 2020 and more than 13,000 expressed interest in a proposed an "egg-throwing contest" on Facebook.</p><p>The UK's first female prime minister - dubbed the Iron Lady - was born in Grantham in 1925 and died in April 2013, aged 87.</p><p>The only previous memorial to her in the town was a plaque on the corner of North Parade and Broad Street to mark where she was born.</p>
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