A giant gnome which has popped up in various locations to raise money in memory of a little boy was attacked and damaged by louts at the weekend.
Dumpty, who stands at just over 11-feet tall, has become something of a celebrity after a series of public appearances over recent months.
The colourful character is set to be auctioned at the end of October and money made from the sale, as well as his stops beforehand, will go towards paying for the headstone of Aidan Jackowiak Smith, who died in May, aged four, after suffering respiratory failure.
The brave Alnwick youngster had the rare and complex genetic disorder Cloves Syndrome, with huge swelling to his face and body.
Last week, Dumpty, with his large pointed hat and long white beard, visited the Gazette office, where he stayed outside until Tuesday.
But his stop on Bondgate Without turned into disappointment, as he was vandalised by louts over the course of the weekend.
Those responsible removed his eyes and ripped off a golden coin which he was holding in his right hand by the side of his head.
His owner, Ivan Laidler, criticised the culprits, saying: “Dumpty has been attacked by numpties. It is frustrating.”
Dumpty’s eyes were a tennis ball cut in half, turned inside out and painted black, while the coin was made out of a lawnmower wheel.
Thankfully, he will be going to hospital and will be stitched up. Ivan said: “We will repair him and get him looking like he was before the damage.”
Dumpty is to make more public appearances before he goes under the hammer at Alnwick Auctions. If you see him, call us on 01665 602234.