Vandals behead lovingly knitted models of King Charles in ‘planned’ attacks

Sick vandals have beheaded a knitted model of King Charles that a royal well-wisher lovingly placed on a postbox. The spree of attacks on woolen displays in a Nottinghamshire village has disgusted locals who fear they were targeted acts. The King’s likeness was first decapitated on a postbox topper in Ruddington ahead of his Coronation on May 6. The topper was repaired but has been vandalised again, with the monarch’s head being removed for a second time.

A separate topper depicting the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony scene has also been vandalised, with yet another beheading of a model of the King.

One of the volunteers who knitted a model told the BBC: “All three incidents were a clean cut, no tugging or pulling, so planned rather than mindless vandalism.

“If you are anti-royal then please find a way to protest about that in your own way. Your actions here have just destroyed a talented craft person’s work. Find another way to make your point.”

Alex Preston, who runs The Bottle Top store, described the incidents as “heartbreaking”.

Preston told the BBC: “I have contributed, not to this one, but to some of the displays that they’ve done in the past, and they take so much work and so much organisation.”

She added: “The ladies that do it, they try so hard to bring the community together, and it’s such a massive effort. I think the royals in particular are a controversial subject so the only thing I can think of is it’s something like that.”

The glorious knitted works appeared up and down the country ahead of the Coronation, with a number of them going missing or being vandalised.

The vandalism would have once been considered treason in Britain, with William Joyce being the last person to be executed in the UK for treason in 1945.

Other knitted toppers were also made to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last year.

To celebrate the Coronation, hundreds of postbox toppers were made by members of the public for locals to enjoy.

In Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, a life size knitted King Charles was erected. The 7ft creation was made out of more than 100 balls of wool.

Anita Armitt, who created in the Yarn Bomber group in Holmes Chapel during the pandemic, told Cheshire Live at the time: ‘We decided to try to do something in the community to cheer it up, to put a smile on people’s faces as they walked past.”

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