Statue of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouts, to be removed

Statue of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouts, to be removed

A statue of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the scouting movement, will be temporarily removed in Poole, Dorset, over concerns that it may be targeted by protesters.

Vikki Slade, leader of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, tweeted that the decision was taken following a “threat”, adding: “It’s literally less than 3m from the sea so is at huge risk ”

The Baden-Powell statue had been targeted by campaigners due to his associations with the Nazis and the Hitler youth programme, as well as his actions in the military.

The move follows the statue of a slave trade being torn down by protesters in Bristol over the weekend.

It was removed from the nearby river on Thursday morning.

Another statue has been removed in London and statues across the country are being reviewed for racist connections and links to slavery.

A campaign has been launched to remove statues of Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth, and another to remove a statue of World War One icon Lord Kitchener in Kent.

A statue of Winston Churchill in London has been vandalised.

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