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RW-1
19th Mar 2002, 01:23
Giant Mr. Potato Head dismembered in attack by children. .. .Associated Press . .Posted March 18 2002, 4:08 PM EST . .. .BELPER, England -- A giant Mr. Potato Head given to an English town by its U.S. sister city has been scratched and dismembered in an attack by children, residents said Monday.. .. .The weekly newspaper Belper Today reported that the 7-foot fiberglass statue had one of its arms ripped off and its hat broken in the attack last week.. .. .Mr. Potato Head was sent to a fiberglass specialist for repairs and now stands outside the Safeway supermarket in Belper, 130 miles north of London.. .. ."He causes quite a commotion,'' said Julie Arkwright, a store employee. "We get lots of parents and children asking about him.''. .. .Dressed as early English settler William Blackstone, Mr. Potato Head was sent to Belper last May as a goodwill ambassador from Belper's sister city of Pawtucket, R.I., headquarters for Hasbro Inc., the toy's manufacturer.. .. .Almost immediately, he became a source of controversy.. .. .Mr. Potato Head was moved from his original site in the center of Belper after residents complained the statue was an eyesore and had no place among the town's historic buildings. For a time, the giant toy was exiled to a children's playground and a Wild West theme park.. .. .Last week Mr. Potato Head was left standing outside a school in nearby Heanor, where a group of children attacked him, the paper reported.. .. .Reg Whitworth, Belper's tourism development officer, said he was reassessing the mascot's future in light of the attack.. .. ."We've had a call from a tourism company in Rhode Island who want to take him on a tour of America,'' Whitworth told Belper Today. "So at the moment, I think we'd be quite happy to send him home.'' . .. .Is nothing sacred? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" />

r22dave
19th Mar 2002, 03:03
i live just up the road from belper and you should have seen this giant "thing" it was incredible. imagine a rural village thatch cottages etc and this great giant Mr potato thing WOW, although they are a funny lot in belper. All of the family trees have no branches. i'm amazed it lasted this long

Checkboard
19th Mar 2002, 10:00
I thought the whole POINT of MR. Potato head was that children were supposed to attack it, and tear off its arms/ears/hat etc. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Confused]" src="confused.gif" />

Tinstaafl
20th Mar 2002, 02:11
Yes, but they're also supposed to put new pieces back on.

polzin
20th Mar 2002, 02:19
Hope the wild people from Idaho dont see this.. And so soon after MR. Potato's 50 th birthday.

djk
21st Mar 2002, 13:47
I think it's disgraceful when times are getting so bad that a 50 year old potato is unable to stand outside their local shopping centre without the fear of being attacked <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />