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    Police look for suspects after Manneken Pis statue vandalised

    The Manneken Pis statue was smeared in bright yellow paint overnight. Credit: @hanseaticandy/Instagram

    Police are searching for suspected vandals after the iconic Manneken Pis statue in Brussels was discovered smeared in yellow paint at the weekend.

    Brussels police said the person in charge of the statue alerted them of the presumed vandalism act at around 10:30 AM on Saturday.

    The incident is thought to have taken place during the night from Friday to Saturday, and police said they were working to find the suspect, according to HLN.

    The Manneken Pis, located in a corner in downtown Brussels, is an emblematic statue in the city which draws scores of tourists to it each day.

    Footage shared of social media showed the small statue of the peeing boy still operating, but with its upper body and legs covered in bright yellow paint.

    “We will analyse the surveillance footage from cameras in the area,” Olivier Slosse, a spokesperson with the police said.

    “But for the time being, we haven’t identified a suspect,” he added.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times