UPDATE: Suspect arrested for attempted theft of Eric Morecambe statue released

Down but not out: The Eric Morecambe statue after the attack
Down but not out: The Eric Morecambe statue after the attack
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A man arrested under suspicion of attempting to steal Morecambe bay’s iconic Eric Morecambe statue has been released without charge.

The 32-year-old man - who county police said had mental health issues - was arrested after damage to the statue was discovered on Saturday morning.

It is believed that someone attempted to cut through one of the legs of the statue.

Morecambe Council has removed the statue from its outdoor plinth on Marine Road Central, Morecambe.

A police spokesman said: “The man has been released with no further action.”

Comedian, actor, singer and entertainer Eric was born in Morecambe in 1926 and died in 1984.

The statue was the town’s tribute to the star and was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.

The council has fenced off the area and police have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

Sgt John Bond said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation and I would urge anyone who may have seen what happened or has any information to get in touch with police on 101 quoting log number 0325 of 11th October.”