THIS is the shocking moment a man clambers up BBC Broadcasting House to smash a statue by a paedophile sculptor.
Pictures show the man attacking the statue called Prospero and Ariel by Eric Gill which is above the entrance to the corporation’s headquarters in central London.
Campaigners have requested the statue be removed after it was revealed Gill sexually abuse his two eldest daughters.
The man, wearing a Reservoir Dogs t-shirt, can be seen hammering away at the statue, taking out chucks of stone.
The situation lasted several hours, according to the Met Police, after they tried to “engage” with the man.
It was finally resolved at around 8.45pm after the man came down with assistance from the London Fire Brigade.
He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and taken into custody.
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At one point the man told negotiators the statue should have been taken down previously.
He told negotiators: “If this happened decades ago, I wouldn’t be here would I?”
Met Police said they were called at around 4.15pm this afternoon to Broadcasting House in Portland Place, after a man used a ladder to reach the statue which is above the building’s main entrance.
AREA CORDONED OFF
Cops cordoned off the area and paramedics from the London Ambulance Service were also present.
A Met spokesman initially said: “Officers attended and remain on scene attempting to engage with the man.
“Another man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
The sculpture, showing Prospero and Ariel from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, was installed in 1933, according to the BBC.
A petition to get the sculpture removed on the 38 Degrees website previously gained nearly 2,500 signatures.
The BBC declined to comment when contacted by The Sun Online.
Owen King, 52, who was cycling past when he saw the man chipping away at the statue, said: “I saw all the police and I presumed he was protesting about Eric Gill and his background. Then the fire brigade were here as well. People are just wondering, ‘why don’t they take him off the sculpture?’
“So I think they’re just waiting for him to come down. He’s got this tiny little hammer and he’s bashing away at the leg there. Not much is coming off and he seems to be resting a lot.”
He added: “Someone shouted to him, ‘get off it, you ugly person, an ugly person desecrating a beautiful thing’. And he shouted ‘you paedo’. And then everyone was laughing at him. I think you (should) separate art from the person.”
Shortly after one woman, who was walking past, yelled: “Art should be separated from the person. You should spend your energy and time with something else. Art can be beautiful by itself.”
It is understood that another man who live-streamed the incident on social media before police intervened was later arrested.
At the time of his death in 1940 Eric Gill was a highly respected artist but his diaries, which were published in 1989, revealed he regularly abused his daughters Betty and Petra, as well as the family dog.