Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch president John Kelsey at the 5th Light Horse statue after it was vandalised.
Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch president John Kelsey at the 5th Light Horse statue after it was vandalised. Hayden Johnson

Boy, 14, warned after sword snapped off Anzac statue

A TEENAGE boy has been warned by police after he allegedly snapped off and stole the sword from the 5th Light Horse statue at Freedom Park.

CCTV cameras in Freedom Park allegedly captured a person breaking the sword off the revered statue about 3.15am on Saturday.

On Monday, Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch president John Kelsey he hoped the police caught whoever was responsible before the veteran community did.

The 5th Light Horse statue was sculpted by Mark Snell and was installed in October.

Mr Kelsey said it would take two weeks for a replacement sword to be cast and fitted to the statue - putting it perilously close to Anzac Day.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell was furious when told of the vandalism.

"Not only is it a tribute and a sign of gratitude to servicemen and women that have gone before us, it's also a sign of great hope and freedom," he said. "

A 14-year-old Urangan boy has been warned by police.

Please note: an earlier version of this story said the teen had been charged with wilful damage