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Fury as Extinction Rebellion ‘deface’ a famous White Horse monument with their hourglass logo just weeks after schoolchildren helped restore it
Activists used cloth to create hourglass symbol on the Alton Barnes White Horse
It angered locals who painstakingly re-chalked the precious site back in August
Local Graham Newland blasted the activists as 'cheap anarchists' and 'vandals'
Protest group insisted it had taken care not to damage the precious monument

Neighbours of a famous White Horse have accused Extinction Rebellion of 'defacing' the monument by covering it with their logo just weeks after schoolchildren helped restore it.

The activists used dark cloth to create their hourglass symbol on the top of the Alton Barnes White Horse in Wiltshire, which was cut in 1812.

It angered locals who re-chalked the precious site back in August, using 46 tonnes of pristine rock dumped from a RAF Chinook helicopter.

Rob Sutherland, whose 11-year-old daughter Molly was among the restoration team, said: 'The children are all aware of the issues around climate and they want to make it better.

'But they can't comprehend why the white horse was chosen for this. Hundreds of people helped re chalk it in August.

'This is not a good way for Extinction Rebellion to publicise their cause.'

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