The mysterious wooden sculpture on Bexhill beach Salty Sam has been vandalised with many disgusted by those responsible.
His feet, one arm and the wooden board which his poem is written on were taken and the tree trunk he sits on had been set fire to.
Luckily Bexhill resident Rebecca James found some of the missing pieces further down the beach and put them back on his lap.
People on social media have reacted with outrage as many enjoyed the novel sculpture.
Pam wrote: “So many people have been along the promenade, the South Cliff end, to have a look and take photos.
“What possible pleasure can it give anyone to destroy something that has so obviously been put there for everyone to enjoy.
“I am just totally disgusted by it.”
Roy L said: “Shame there’s no CCTV to catch the morons!”
And Lesley V wrote: “Can’t believe what some people will stoop to. It’s such a clever construction and a lovely addition to the beach.
“I also loved the writing on the plaque. Do hope he can be restored so that people can enjoy him again.”
On Facebook, Lee Dunn from Pit Stop Youth Workshop suggested taking Salty Sam and restoring him at the workshop, to then be displayed somewhere safer.
More than 100 people agreed to Lee’s suggestion.
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