Statue of the Virgin Mary vandalised and replaced by a garden gnomo
In late September, a statue of the Virgin Mary of the parish church, placed in a public road in the village of Gironde, was vandalised and destroyed.
A garden gnome was placed in its place. A complaint was lodged by the church’s maintenance lady. A man had found pieces of the bust in a vineyard, and two days later, the head of the Virgin was placed in front of a school gate.
Although the events took place at the end of September, the story first got coverage a month later.