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The statue of Robert Baden Powell to be removed from Poole| statue of Scout founder Robert is being removed


The statue of Robert Baden Powell to be removed from Poole| statue of Scout founder Robert  is being removed

A statue of the man who founded the boy scout movement is said to be removed from Poole Quay, as it is feared that it is on an "attack list".

The 12 year old statue of Robert Baden-Powell is being removed on the advice of the police to protect it, according to the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council.

The agency said it recognized some aspects of his life as "less memorable".

Local conservative MPs said they were against removing the statue.

Baden-Powell, who died in 1941 at the age of 83, was criticized by activists who accused him of racism, homophobia and support for Adolf Hitler.

Former Bournemouth East Labor MP Corrie Drew said: "We can commemorate positive work without commemorating the man."

At the BBC breakfast, she added: "A quick look at his story shows that he spoke very openly about his views against homosexuality and that he was a very open supporter of Hitler and Fascism and a fairly strong, outspoken racist.

'Assessment error'.
In the meantime, the online petition "Defend Poole 's Lord Baden-Powell Statue" received more than 3,500 signatures.
Sir Robert Syms, Conservative MP for Poole, tweeted he was "against" the complete demolition of the statue.
Tobias Ellwood, Tory MP for Bournemouth East wrote on Twitter that he was "against": "Only a few historical figures correspond to the values ​​of the 21st. Simply deleting past connections from sight will neither correct injustice nor help us out better to learn from our past ".

Bournemouth West MP, Conor Burns, also tweeted that the deletion was "a big mistake in assessment" and urged the authorities to "put it back".

The life-size statue was erected in 2008 and points to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbor, where the scouts began.

BCP council chairman Vikki Slade said she would be removed and stored safely.
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" The police told us that the statue was on the attack target list, due to its proximity to the water and its fragile history".she said.

Deputy chairman Mark Howell said Thursday's memorial may not be removed "because workers cannot work with so many people around the statue."

The council said it recognizes Baden-Powell's different views and plans to involve all relevant communities and groups in discussions about its future.

A scout association spokesman said it was "determined in its commitment to inclusion and diversity, and members are constantly reflecting and challenging us on how we live our values."

" We plan to discuss this with the Government to determine how to proceed.".he said.

On Sunday, during an anti-racism demonstration in Bristol, demonstrators demolished a statue of slave dealer Edward Colston and threw it into the city's port.

A statue of slave trader Robert Milligan was also removed from outside the Docklands Museum, while in Oxford thousands of people demanded the removal of a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes.
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Who was Robert Baden-Powell?

Robert Baden-Powell was born in London on February 22, 1857.
He was in the army where he specialized in exploration, map making and reconnaissance, and trained the other soldiers in essential skills.

When he returned home in 1903, he found that the little handbook he had written for soldiers, Aids to Scouting, was used by youth leaders and teachers.
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He was asked by the founder of the Boys' Brigade group, Sir William Smith, to develop a program to improve citizenship education for boys.

On August 1, 1907, he brought 20 boys to an experimental camp in Brownsea Island, which became the beginning of the boy scout movement.

In 1910, he retired from the army to devote his life to scouts and toured the globe to get more young people involved in scouting.

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