Dictators stripped of clothes by vandals

July 31, 2007

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Teletubbies (file)

All four Teletubbies were taken from the collection, officials say

Models of famous children’s characters, including Teletubbies and Bob the Builder, are among those taken from the museum’s collection in Dublin.

There were signs of forced entry at the storeroom after youths attended a rave in a nearby warehouse, officials said.

‘Motive unknown’

National Wax Museum manager Kay Murray told the BBC News website she thought the incident was “vandalism”, and did not suspect any other motives.

Military uniforms were also stripped from figures of the Irish 1916 Easter Rising and revolutionary leader Michael Collins, as well as models of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.

Ms Murray said the museum would reopen despite the missing waxworks, but she hoped the collection would be complete by then.

“All I want is that whoever has our stuff to please return it to us,” she said.

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