Mindless vandals damage charity Snowdog in South Shields

The damaged Snowdog near the Customs House in South Shields.

The damaged Snowdog near the Customs House in South Shields.

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Vandals have damaged a colourful Snowdog sculpture in South Tyneside which is helping to raise funds for a North East hospice.

Four large canine sculptures are in place around the borough as part of The Great North Snowdog trail.

The damaged Snowdog near the Customs House in South Shields.

The damaged Snowdog near the Customs House in South Shields.

Across the North East, there are 61 large Snowdog sculptures, each measuring 1.5m tall, and 97 smaller ones which all have a unique identity after being given a new leash of life by artists and schoolchildren.

The dogs will be in place for the next 10 weeks with people able to track the trail on a special app.

At the end of the run, the dogs, based on the Snowdog character from Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and The Snowdog, will be auctioned off in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

But the sculpture in place outside South Shields' Customs House building has been damaged.

"Pawdington", designed by Mandii Pope and based on Paddington Bear, has had its red hat removed.

It is understood that staff from the Customs House have the hat and it is hoped it can be put back on Pawdington soon.

Last week Snowdogs in Sunderland and Newcastle were also damaged by vandals.