The general manager of Grantham Museum has been suspended from her paid position amid widespread reports of a Margaret Thatcher statue coming to the town.
News outlets this week from the BBC to the Daily Mail and even Der Spiegel in Germany have quoted Grantham Museum general manager Jayne Robb as saying an eight-foot, £150,000 Margaret Thatcher statue has been offered to Grantham Museum.
However, the Journal can report that Jayne Robb has now been suspended from her position due to her “erroneous” claim that the statue has been offered to Grantham Museum.
A spokesman for Grantham Museum said: “We have never been offered the Margaret Thatcher statue. Any suggestions we have are entirely erroneous.”
The spokesman added: “The general manager has been suspended following allegations which have been made. She has been suspended while investigations are carried out.
“We cannot comment further on those allegations.”
The museum could not comment on whether the allegations go beyond the Margaret Thatcher statue controversy.
The statue said to be on offer to Grantham Museum hit the headlines in 2002 when it was decapitated where it stood in the Guildhall Gallery.
The attacker, Paul Kelleher, was jailed for three months for criminal damage.
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