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Duleep Singh Statue VandalisedDate: Saturday, 12 March, 2005

Racists are believed to have vandalised a statue of a Sikh monarch, covering it with paint and Nazi swastika symbols.

The statue of Maharajah Duleep Singh riding a horse, which stands in his adopted town of Thetford, Norfolk, was attacked early on Friday morning, 11th March.

The statue was erected by the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust in 1999 and features on the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail.

A spokesman for the trust said:

"The Trust has grave sadness at what is suspected to be a racially motivated attack. But it in no way dents our affection and links with the local community of Thetford and East Anglia. This act of mindless vandalism is insulting to the values of all of us."

Norfolk Police said they were treating the attack as of a "racial nature".

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