A historic military statue in the heart of Kelvingrove Park as been damaged by vandals.

Police are appealing for information after the statue was damaged between 11pm and 11.20pm on Tuesday February 12.

The feet, hands and face of the Highland Light Infantry statue have been destroyed.

Officers believe the two suspects are in their late teens and were wearing dark clothing.

Evening Times:

Local dog walkers and passersby who may have seen the pair are being urged to get in touch with Partick Police Station via 101.

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The War Memorials online site describes the statue as "depicting a soldier or army scout of the HLI straddling a rocky eminence".

It adds: "This freestone memorial by sculptor William Birnie Rhind (1853-1933) is the earliest war memorial in Kelvingrove Park and was erected to commemorate men of the Highland Light Infantry who fell in the South African ‘Boer’ War (1899-1902).

"Possibly the most unrestrained of Birnie Rhind’s work, the lowest stage comprises loose boulders which graduate into a rock-faced ashlar ‘outcrop’ bearing commemorative inscriptions on the east and west sides, before rising again into more naturalistic rockwork.

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“The association with the Highland Light Infantry is meaningful as volunteer regiments drilled regularly in Kelvingrove Park into the early 20th century.”

"During the Peninsular War of the early 1800s, the forerunners of the regiment – the 71st & 74th Highlanders, raised in 1777 and 1778 - earned the nickname ‘The Glesga Keelies’ and were much-feared by their French adversaries. During one engagement, the Glasgow men saw the enemy off the field, with their officer shouting a battle cry of: ‘Chase them doon the Gallowgate, boys!"