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Mr. Potato Head Takes a Licking From Kids

The World | IN BRIEF / BRITAIN

March 19, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A giant Mr. Potato Head given to the English town of Belper by its U.S. sister city was scratched and dismembered in an attack by children, residents said.

The weekly newspaper Belper Today reported that the 7-foot fiberglass statue had one of its arms ripped off and its hat broken in the attack outside a school, in nearby Heanor, last week.

Mr. Potato Head was repaired and now stands outside a supermarket in Belper, 130 miles north of London.

The statue was sent to Belper in May as a goodwill ambassador from Pawtucket, R.I.--headquarters for Hasbro Inc., the manufacturer of Mr. Potato Head.

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