Pair face courts after paintings vandalised

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A Sheffield man has appeared in court charged with criminal damage after a 200-year-old masterpiece by painter John Constable was vandalised.

Paul Manning, aged 57, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Manning, of Kirkstone Road, Walkley, was arrested at the National Gallery in London, after a four-inch photograph of a young boy was glued to Constable’s famous 1821 painting, The Hay Wain.

A gallery spokeswoman said: “Staff were on the scene rapidly and there is no lasting damage to the painting.”

The 6ft-wide masterpiece – of horses pulling a hay wain across Suffolk’s River Stour – is one of the country’s most recognisable works of art.

The spokeswoman praised ‘the prompt action and quick thinking’ of staff who intervened before any more lasting damage could be done.

Manning was bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, July 12.

The attack came as a 41-year-old Doncaster man appeared at Southwark Crown Court charged with criminal damage after a painting of the Queen was damaged in Westminster Abbey

Electrician Tim Haries, of Bellis Avenue, was bailed to reappear at the court in September.