• Short Summary

    COPENHAGEN'S FAMOUS "LITTLE MERMAID" WAS SEVERELY MUTILATED BY UNKNOWN VANDALS LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY). THE HEAD?

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    COPENHAGEN'S FAMOUS "LITTLE MERMAID" WAS SEVERELY MUTILATED BY UNKNOWN VANDALS LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY). THE HEAD OF THEIR STATUE WAS SAWN OFF AND REMOVED. POLICE WORKING ON THE CASE SAY THAT THE VANDALS MUST HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST AN HOUR TO REMOVE THE HEAD.

    THE "MERMAID" WAS ERECTED IN 1913 ON A HUGE GRANITE BOULDER BY THE WATER'S EDGE IN COPENHAGEN HARBOUR. IT WAS THE WORK OF THE SCULPTOR EDVARD ERIKSEN AND HAS SINCE BECOME A SYMBOL OF THE CITY - REGULARLY VISITED BY THOUSANDS OF FOREIGN TOURISTS. IT WAS MADE IN HONOUR OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON AND REPRESENTS ONE OF THE CHARACTERS FROM HIS FAIRY TALES.

    THE NEWS OF THE MUTILATION OF THE STATUE BROUGHT ANGER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY. A TAXI COMPANY HAS OFFERED A THOUSAND KRONER REWARD FOR ANY INFORMATION LEADING TO THE RECOVERY OF THE HEAD. THIS EVENING'S NEWSPAPERS IN THE CITY GIVE FRONT-PAGE PROMINENCE TO THE NEWS.

    AN OFFICIAL OF THE MONUMENT DEPARTMENT IN COPENHAGEN SAID TODAY THAT THE STATUE WOULD BE REMOVED ITS BOULDER AND THE CASTING OF A NEW HEAD WOULD BEGIN NEXT WEEK. ARCHITECT JOHN PETERSON ADDED "WHEN WE HAVE FINISHED THE STATUE WILL BE EXACTLY AS IT WAS BEFORE."
    TWO COPIES OF THE "MERMAID" EXIST OUTSIDE DENMARK APART FROM THE TINY REPLICAS OF WHICH THEIR MUST BE MILLIONS. ONE IS IN BRAZIL, THE OTHER IN HONGKONG.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAHOVE703PIXRBB2BACNDCX8MY
    Media URN:
    VLVAHOVE703PIXRBB2BACNDCX8MY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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