Police in Cyprus are investigating after a statue of a giant potato was found vandalised.



The sculpture in the village of Xylophagou was cut down in the early hours of New Year's Day (01.01.22), local officials have said.

The potato statue was created by community leader George Tasou and made headlines around the world and caused a stir on social media when it was installed last October.

Many tourists posed in front of the sculpture while Twitter users poked fun at its suggestive shape.

According to reports, Tasou had asked someone else to guard it on New Year's Day before it was vandalised - with around £4,000 in damages caused.

The artist has reported the incident to the police and inquiries are ongoing.

Describing the importance of the sculpture last year, Tasou said: "Xylophagou has a long legacy of potato growing and used to be the main potato grower in Cyprus.

"This helped the village grow into the 10,000-strong community it is today."