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Thatcher statue egged even before it is unveiled

A STATUE of Margaret Thatcher had eggs thrown at it today even before it was unveiled.

Despite a temporary fence being erected around the statue in the former Tory prime minister’s hometown of Grantham, Lincolnshire, a protester was able to hit his target.

The statue, which was paid for by £300,000 in public donations, was lowered onto a 10-ft-high plinth despite previous warnings of protests.

An original plan for a £100,000 unveiling ceremony led to more than 15,000 people supporting an online call for an “egg-throwing competition” with the statue as the target.

A CCTV camera has been installed to detect anyone attempting to express their feelings towards the former prime minister with eggs, other objects or paint.

Two men were seen near the statue at the time of the incident, one holding a carton of eggs and the other wearing a “coal not dole” T-shirt.

Police arrived at the scene within minutes.

The statue has also been a target of booing by passing motorists, with one shouting: “Tear it down” and another saying: “This is no good for Grantham, is it?”

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