WPD monitoring Confederate statues after vandalisms

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A Confederate statue at 3rd and Market Street in Wilmington has spray paint on it. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Officials with the Wilmington Police Department are investigating after two Confederate statues in downtown Wilmington were vandalized.

According to spokeswoman Linda Rawley Thompson, officers responded to 3rd and Dock Street after a call Tuesday night about a statue that had been damaged.

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The caller said he was walking to the library and when he returned, he noticed the statue had been damaged. There was a white flag hung on the statue and there was spray paint on its feet and head. The statue was scheduled to be pressure washed.

Then, just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to 3rd and Dock Street again after reports of a rope hanging from the statue. Thompson says the rope was tied around the neck of the statue and tied to a vehicle, in an attempt to pull the statue over.

Wilmington Police are also investigating vandalism on another statue at 3rd and Market. The statue has what looks like red paint on its face. No other information is available on that one at this time.

If you know anything, please call Wilmington Police or use Text-a-Tip.