POLICE were patrolling a Romsey park following vandalism to an iconic statue.

Test Valley Police crews were visiting the War Memorial Park, Romsey after The War Horse statue had its paint and reigns damaged, leaving residents furious.

Plans to put in a security camera to monitor the horse is now being discussed between Romsey Town Council and Test Valley Borough Council.

Police are now appealing for information following the damage which took place between 6pm on Friday, January 31 and 4pm on Sunday, February 2.

Damage had been caused to the reins and the paintwork on the horse.

Sergeant Richard Taylor said: “We are treating this as criminal damage and we want to find out what happened.

“If you were in the park during these times and saw what happened, or saw anything suspicious, then please call us.

"Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44200043521."