Man fined for throwing eggs at Margaret Thatcher statue in Grantham
A man who threw eggs at the recently installed Margaret Thatcher statue has been fined.
Lincolnshire Police spoke with the 59-year-old man who was involved in throwing eggs at the £300,000 statue on Sunday May 15, the day it was installed.
The man has been given a £90 fixed penalty notice under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
The statue based at St Peter's Hill continues to be monitored by CCTV.
The bronzework statue was always seen as a controversial installation. It was initially planned for a plinth in London but there was concerns it would become a target for vandals.
But the man behind the appeal to build a statue to the former Grantham schoolgirl who went on to become the country's first female prime minister, has spoken of his relief at seeing the statue installed.
Ivan Saxton started his appeal in 2002 and has now called the Grantham setting the "natural home" for the 10.5ft statue.
But it has continued to divide opinion. A poll on this website has attracted thousands of votes, and comments, while readers also inundated us with letters.
Margaret Thatcher (nee Roberts) was born and raised in Grantham and attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, before gaining a scholarship to study at Oxford University. Her father Alfred, a grocer, was town mayor from 1945 to 1946.