RESIDENTS and councillors say they “disgusted” by vandalism to a bronze park statue which is more than 100 years old.

The statue of Samson, located in Tredegar Park, in Risca, was defaced by vandals with paint at the weekend.

Cllr Hazel Dupre said: “It’s pretty awful. It has annoyed us because they have also pulled up plants and knocked stone off the monument.

“The bin that has been painted has body parts drawn on it and what looks like a swastika painted on it.”

The vandalism is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mrs Dupre added that she is annoyed for the young people who use and respect the park.

She added: “Most kids are nice, but someone does something like this and this is what gets talked about. It’s not the worst thing going on in the world but this is our park ,and it is much loved and always full of families.

“We had an event for Remembrance Day which was supported by hundreds of people and some warrior with a paintbrush does this.”

Resident Shane Parsons added: “I am sad and disgusted about the vandalism. I don’t understand why someone would do that to our park.”

The site given to residents of the town by Lord Tredegar, Sir Charles Morgan, in June 1897 to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.

In return, they paid for the statue to be erected in recognition of his generosity to the neighbourhood.

People took to a community Facebook page to express their anger at the situation.

Diana Hughes said: “I saw this when I was out running today. Really sad that someone could do it to our park.”

Bernard Kay Stephens added: “I hope they find out who did it and make them clean it off, plus a fine.”

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “Appeals being made for any information relating to the damage of the statue in Risca park.

“If you can help, please ring 101 quoting incident number 111 2/12/17.”