Shocking pink vandals strike at Oxford Utd stadium

The Oxford Times: Shocking pink vandals strike at Oxford Utd stadium Shocking pink vandals strike at Oxford Utd stadium

MYSTERY surrounds the defacing of the statue at Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium.

The £25,000 sculpture was covered in pink paint between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The words “Gotta love art” and “RIP” were also daubed on its marble plinth. Police are appealing for witnesses and are keeping an open mind about the vandals’ motives, but it does not appear to be connected to football rivalry.

Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Sergeant Rob Axe, pictured above left with Pc Kirk Rogers and Pc Sandra Timms, said officers were alerted to the damage at about 8am on Sunday as they arrived to police the stadium's car boot sale.

Sgt Axe said he believed it was the first time the statue had been vandalised since it was put up in February 2008.

He said CCTV footage revealed two figures walking past the stadium on Saturday night, but evidence is still being gathered.

United chairman Kelvin Thomas said: “We’ll do some work this week to see if we can get it back to its former glory, but it’s disappointing someone feels the need to express themselves in this way.”

Anyone with information should call Sgt Axe on 08458 505505 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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11:09pm Sun 23 Jan 11

Oflife says...

Well at least his testicles are now the right colour!
Well at least his testicles are now the right colour! Oflife

10:26am Mon 24 Jan 11

Marina Morris says...

Another ****-up by the Fail! If it's got goolies how can it be described as an ox? What a load of bull!
Another ****-up by the Fail! If it's got goolies how can it be described as an ox? What a load of bull! Marina Morris

12:41pm Mon 24 Jan 11

GRB says...

I thought Oxen were only testicle-less due to castration. So, isn't it possible an Ox could still have conkers?
I thought Oxen were only testicle-less due to castration. So, isn't it possible an Ox could still have conkers? GRB

12:45pm Mon 24 Jan 11

GRB says...

ps: I hope whoever painted the sculpture is caught quickly and then flown from the stadium flag pole by their testicles!!!! I've heard their is cctv footage of two lads committing the crime in the early hours of Sunday morning.
ps: I hope whoever painted the sculpture is caught quickly and then flown from the stadium flag pole by their testicles!!!! I've heard their is cctv footage of two lads committing the crime in the early hours of Sunday morning. GRB

1:06pm Mon 24 Jan 11

Patrick in Devon says...

An Ox is either a castrated male or a female. Thats no Ox, its a bull. Appropriate perhaps, Oxford is full of bull - the only sensible part is OUFC and its supporters.
An Ox is either a castrated male or a female. Thats no Ox, its a bull. Appropriate perhaps, Oxford is full of bull - the only sensible part is OUFC and its supporters. Patrick in Devon

1:17pm Mon 24 Jan 11

GRB says...

Thank you Patrick. Well, I'd have been happy if someone had chopped the skulptures knackers off rather than painting it pink.
Thank you Patrick. Well, I'd have been happy if someone had chopped the skulptures knackers off rather than painting it pink. GRB

1:32pm Mon 24 Jan 11

britinpaus says...

Best punishment I can think of is to catch the two little brats, buy them season tickets for Swindon and force them to travel to the County ground every Saturday !!
Best punishment I can think of is to catch the two little brats, buy them season tickets for Swindon and force them to travel to the County ground every Saturday !! britinpaus

1:49pm Mon 24 Jan 11

Patrick in Devon says...

Surely making them go to Swindon Town would be against human rights legislation. A cruel and unnatural punishment? Worse than painting them pink and putting them in the stocks.
Surely making them go to Swindon Town would be against human rights legislation. A cruel and unnatural punishment? Worse than painting them pink and putting them in the stocks. Patrick in Devon

1:59pm Mon 24 Jan 11

Patrick in Devon says...

And another thing, bet there arent many crime scenes that merit the attendance of 3 cops!
And another thing, bet there arent many crime scenes that merit the attendance of 3 cops! Patrick in Devon

2:06pm Mon 24 Jan 11

rickenback says...

hav a breast cancer fund raiser next home game?turn it positive!
hav a breast cancer fund raiser next home game?turn it positive! rickenback

2:28pm Mon 24 Jan 11

BigAlBiker says...

I agree with Rickenback, get the Breast Cancer people here tuesday night to pose with pics and publicise there cause, Oxford United can make this a publicy forum for this and the club, turn some mindless act into a positive.
I agree with Rickenback, get the Breast Cancer people here tuesday night to pose with pics and publicise there cause, Oxford United can make this a publicy forum for this and the club, turn some mindless act into a positive. BigAlBiker

2:51pm Mon 24 Jan 11

Arnold.Brewer says...

The real point is the number of plod in attendance - three to look at a pink cow!! Incredible in this age of cutbacks we are safe with the knolwedge that plod carries on as before.............
The real point is the number of plod in attendance - three to look at a pink cow!! Incredible in this age of cutbacks we are safe with the knolwedge that plod carries on as before............. Arnold.Brewer

3:59pm Mon 24 Jan 11

McDave says...

Actually oxen aren't always castrated, but it makes it easier to use them (the oxen, not the testes) if they have been as they will be more docile.
Actually oxen aren't always castrated, but it makes it easier to use them (the oxen, not the testes) if they have been as they will be more docile. McDave

4:44pm Mon 24 Jan 11

PT1 says...

Catch the mindless idiots that did this then throw them into the Oxford Mail stand during a half time, see how confident they are then.

Lets hope the club can get all the paint off easliy enough - Would be nice if the Stadium Company could contribute towards the cleaning and re-painting of it but there's more chance of Swindon getting promoted this season than that happening LOL!
Catch the mindless idiots that did this then throw them into the Oxford Mail stand during a half time, see how confident they are then. Lets hope the club can get all the paint off easliy enough - Would be nice if the Stadium Company could contribute towards the cleaning and re-painting of it but there's more chance of Swindon getting promoted this season than that happening LOL! PT1

4:46pm Mon 24 Jan 11

shipscat says...

I think some posters were not reading the article properly only looking at the pictures.
The police were there to supervise the stadiums carboot sale so I assume the police collected a fee as they do when the police matches.
I think some posters were not reading the article properly only looking at the pictures. The police were there to supervise the stadiums carboot sale so I assume the police collected a fee as they do when the police matches. shipscat

4:50pm Mon 24 Jan 11

shipscat says...

PT1. You could also tie them to the goalposts and flog to within an inch of their lifes.
LOL
PT1. You could also tie them to the goalposts and flog to within an inch of their lifes. LOL shipscat

5:12pm Mon 24 Jan 11

abingdonguy says...

banksie strikes again.. I dunno looks ok. Not many pink male cows around that i know of. :) maybe they should cash in on it?
And no i dont like or watch any fooootball so no "team bias".
banksie strikes again.. I dunno looks ok. Not many pink male cows around that i know of. :) maybe they should cash in on it? And no i dont like or watch any fooootball so no "team bias". abingdonguy

7:23pm Mon 24 Jan 11

Niko Bellic says...

New Fathers For Justice owned up for it on the radio. Apparently they are also responsible for vandalising the Uffington white horse.
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Their spokesman on the radio called it a protest but it looks like criminal damage to me. With a protest doesn't it usually involve telling people what you are protesting about?
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Winkers
New Fathers For Justice owned up for it on the radio. Apparently they are also responsible for vandalising the Uffington white horse. . Their spokesman on the radio called it a protest but it looks like criminal damage to me. With a protest doesn't it usually involve telling people what you are protesting about? . Winkers Niko Bellic

8:24pm Mon 24 Jan 11

Atomic says...

Well who would believe we would be greatfull for the technology being used against O.U.F.C fans by TV police (cctv).
The police have been ultra succesfull in securing prosecutions against footie fans even knowing what swear words they are alleged to have said.
So it wont be long before those responsible for this act of criminal damage against the property of Oxford Utd will be caught.
We will now witness real police work.

Sorry did someone say they dont have the man power, stop it you old cynic.
Well who would believe we would be greatfull for the technology being used against O.U.F.C fans by TV police (cctv). The police have been ultra succesfull in securing prosecutions against footie fans even knowing what swear words they are alleged to have said. So it wont be long before those responsible for this act of criminal damage against the property of Oxford Utd will be caught. We will now witness real police work. Sorry did someone say they dont have the man power, stop it you old cynic. Atomic

9:30pm Mon 24 Jan 11

jf says...

GRB wrote:
ps: I hope whoever painted the sculpture is caught quickly and then flown from the stadium flag pole by their testicles!!!! I've heard their is cctv footage of two lads committing the crime in the early hours of Sunday morning.
GRB-

The report says- and I quote,"CCTV footage revealed two figures walking past the stadium on Saturday night"

It didn't actually say they were seen defacing the sculpture.

Unless you are privvy to more info than the the rest of us?
[quote][p][bold]GRB[/bold] wrote: ps: I hope whoever painted the sculpture is caught quickly and then flown from the stadium flag pole by their testicles!!!! I've heard their is cctv footage of two lads committing the crime in the early hours of Sunday morning.[/p][/quote]GRB- The report says- and I quote,"CCTV footage revealed two figures walking past the stadium on Saturday night" It didn't actually say they were seen defacing the sculpture. Unless you are privvy to more info than the the rest of us? jf

9:50pm Mon 24 Jan 11

peterr Macvey says...

Isn't is nice to see that PLOD are only about when they are being paid privately, what the f are they taking half of our council tax for? do they not patrol the area looking out for thugs coming out of the Ozone in the early hours?
Isn't is nice to see that PLOD are only about when they are being paid privately, what the f are they taking half of our council tax for? do they not patrol the area looking out for thugs coming out of the Ozone in the early hours? peterr Macvey

8:06am Tue 25 Jan 11

PT1 says...

Fathers for Justice have had their 5 minutes of fame for the defacing they have done.

Funny protest eh!

Time for them to come clean it up I think!

Not the best statue to target to be honest, I wouldn't want to cross a lot of the Oxford Fans.

Name and Shame!
Fathers for Justice have had their 5 minutes of fame for the defacing they have done. Funny protest eh! Time for them to come clean it up I think! Not the best statue to target to be honest, I wouldn't want to cross a lot of the Oxford Fans. Name and Shame! PT1

11:58am Tue 25 Jan 11

bodchris says...

I really like that, I think they should keep that scheme, especially on the dingily-danglies, I hadn't noticed them before. Maybe turn it into a yearly 'Paint the Bull/****' competition I sure there will be loads of aspiring Banksy's. What about painting the whole stadium? Make it an open season for Oxford's young chav population.
I really like that, I think they should keep that scheme, especially on the dingily-danglies, I hadn't noticed them before. Maybe turn it into a yearly 'Paint the Bull/****' competition I sure there will be loads of aspiring Banksy's. What about painting the whole stadium? Make it an open season for Oxford's young chav population. bodchris

12:33pm Tue 25 Jan 11

YellowRose says...

Footbull anyone?
Footbull anyone? YellowRose

8:15pm Tue 25 Jan 11

Porphyro says...

Why is that every publicity-seeking act perpetrated by Fathers for Justice succeeds only in demonstrating their irresponsibility and their complete inability to articulate a clear argument that would encourage members of the public to support them? Their campaigns seem to me to be wholly counter-productive and make it less likely that courts will find in their favour in particular custody cases where these sorts of tactics have been used.
Why is that every publicity-seeking act perpetrated by Fathers for Justice succeeds only in demonstrating their irresponsibility and their complete inability to articulate a clear argument that would encourage members of the public to support them? Their campaigns seem to me to be wholly counter-productive and make it less likely that courts will find in their favour in particular custody cases where these sorts of tactics have been used. Porphyro

8:26pm Tue 25 Jan 11

shipscat says...

peterr Macvey wrote:
Isn't is nice to see that PLOD are only about when they are being paid privately, what the f are they taking half of our council tax for? do they not patrol the area looking out for thugs coming out of the Ozone in the early hours?
Were they about when you got nicked??
LOL
[quote][p][bold]peterr Macvey[/bold] wrote: Isn't is nice to see that PLOD are only about when they are being paid privately, what the f are they taking half of our council tax for? do they not patrol the area looking out for thugs coming out of the Ozone in the early hours?[/p][/quote]Were they about when you got nicked?? LOL shipscat

3:41pm Fri 28 Jan 11

Laco says...

peter macvey, you have no idea. Why comment on something you clearly have no understanding of? Ignorant mug.
peter macvey, you have no idea. Why comment on something you clearly have no understanding of? Ignorant mug. Laco

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