Detergent damages Sir Tom Finney statue in Preston

A statue and water feature in honour of footballing legend Sir Tom Finney has broken down after vandals poured washing up liquid in it.

The Splash, based on a picture of Finney from 1966, was erected outside Preston North End's ground in 2004.

Detergent has clogged up the pumps so the water which sprays around the statue has stopped flowing.

Paul Bradley, the club's facilities' manager, said he wished people would treat the statue with respect.

"The club has spent an absolute fortune maintaining this and all the electrics have become damaged," he said.

'Real problem'

"It has become a real problem."

Sir Tom played at Preston North End for his entire career, appearing in 433 games. He also played for England, scoring 30 goals.

Mr Bradley said: "We are very proud of Sir Tom, not just of his footballing ability but also all his work for charity."

Mr Bradley said the club had CCTV cameras overlooking the statue and he hoped he would be able to trace the vandals.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police confirmed they had been notified about the incident.

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