Second giant Gromit sculpture vandalised in Bristol

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A second giant Gromit sculpture has been vandalised in Bristol a day after it was installed.

The sculpture called Carosello by artist Giuliano Carapia was located outside The Spyglass restaurant on Welsh Back in the city centre.

It had been prised from its plinth. It is the second of the sculptures to be damaged over the weekend.

Eighty of the sculptures are being placed across the city as part of a 10-week charity art trail.

On Friday evening a 5ft (1.5m) Gromit designed by Joanna Lumley had its tail smashed off in College Green.

The sculpture, named Poetry in Motion, is being assessed in the hope it can be restored.

The damage has been reported to the police.

Carosello Gromit with artist Giuliano Carapia The Carosello Gromit has been taken away to be repaired

'We are dismayed'

The 80 models of Aardman's famous canine character, which have been individually sponsored by businesses, will be auctioned on 3 October to raise funds for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal - the Bristol Children's Hospital charity.

"We are dismayed that anyone would want to damage any of these sculptures which have been created to raise money to treat sick children in hospital and to provide something for everyone in Bristol to enjoy," said Nicola Masters, director of the charity behind Gromit Unleashed.

Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal was formed 17 years ago after a public charity appeal to build a new children's hospital that enlisted the help of Bristol-based animation studio Aardman Animations.

Other Gromits have been decorated by artists and well-known people including Jools Holland, Sir Pete Blake and Trevor Bayliss.

The latest of the sculptures to be unveiled is by garden designer Diarmuid Gavin.

His Oops A Daisy Gromit is at the National Trust property Tyntesfield at the Home Farm Visitor Centre.

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