A disturbing photo (and comment) Tweeted by a gentleman named Mark Collet says it all really.
But much more disturbing is the reply photo, complete with inset comment.
As an aside; although living only some twenty-odd miles from Seaham, I have never seen this remarkable statue. The best that I can offer is a view of the DLI bugler sited in the Market Place.
Or, alternatively, a read of my Last Novel.