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Famous topiary elephant beheaded in London car crash

Elephant loses its head after Islington crash (Picture: Martin Evans)

The scene after the crash (Picture: Martin Evans)

A famous topiary elephant has been damaged in a car crash.

It used to be one of a trio of grand elephants keeping watch over a corner in Finsbury Park, but has now lost its head in the accident.

Firefighters were called to the scene on the junction of Ambler Road and Romilly Road at about 12.15am.

Tim Bushe, the architect who created and maintains the elephants, told local paper the Islington Gazette that he was ‘weeping gently’ after finding out what happened.

Asked if he will recreate the animal, he said: ‘It’s possible but it will take years. The hedge is a very old, so it will take four to five years to get it back.’

It comes just four days after reports a neighbour planned to chop them down over concerns people were hiding behind them to take drugs.

Romilly Road, Islington (Picture: Google)

How the elephants usually look (Picture: Google Maps)

According to the paper, the downstairs flat near the elephants was turned into a ‘drugs den’ last year, with ‘smoke crack worship satan’ written on one of the walls.

A closure order was secured by Partners for Improvement in Islington (PFI).

A PFI spokesperson said: ‘After supporting the police to obtain a drugs closure order we obtained possession of the flat through the court and bailiffs in January 2019, since when the flat has been secured unoccupied because of subsidence. Structural engineers recommended a period of monitoring – currently ongoing – before they specify the work required.

‘We have boarded off an area of the garden in response to a concern raised by a resident and will continue to take any practical steps we can to support residents. We strongly encourage residents to report any criminal behaviour immediately to the police.’



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