Man tries to smash up Eric Gill statue outside BBC HQ London

A protester has been spotted using a hammer to attack a controversial statue created by known paedophile Eric Gill on the outside of the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Central London.

The statute – Prospero and Ariel – was made by artist Eric Gill and campaigners have long asked for it to be removed after it was revealed that Gill sexually abused his two eldest daughters.

The incident comes a week after a jury cleared four people of criminal damage despite the fact they pulled down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol.