With the amount of publicity and pure anger that last weeks arson attack on the Ultrasaurus has created, it’s no surprise that people have rallied together to created fund raising groups and commemorative Facebook pages, but I must admit I didn’t see a reward to catch the culprit coming.
“The shocking destruction of Southsea’s giant dinosaur has prompted businesses to offer a £1,000 reward and a year’s free pizza for information about those responsible. The Betting Room, in Albert Road, and Fry & Kent estate agents, in Stanley Street, have pledged rewards of £750 and £250 respectively, and are calling on other businesses to do the same. Mozzarella Joes, the dinosaur’s closest neighbour, has also offered free pizzas for a year to anyone coming forward with information.”
Owner of the Betting Room Peter Higgins said “In classic Portsmouth style we have shot ourselves in the foot. We are in a city which needs to encourage more tourism and this is going to make people ask what the point is of creating great attractions like this, if they are just going to get destroyed.”
Anyone with information should call Southsea Police station on 101.
Kite Festival Photograph: Hannah Mapplebeck on Facebook