Laura Sharman 11 June 2020

Council to remove Robert Baden-Powell statue from Poole

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council is removing a statue of Robert Baden-Powell today from Poole Quay.

The council said it was being removed to avoid the risk of any public disorder and would be put into safe storage for now.

Baden-Powell, who founded the scout movement, has been criticised for his homophobic views and support of Hitler.

Leader of the council, cllr Vikki Slade, said: 'Whilst famed for the creation of the Scouts, we also recognise that there are some aspects of Robert Baden-Powell’s life that are considered less worthy of commemoration.

'Therefore, we are removing the statue so that we can properly involve all relevant communities and groups in discussions about its future, including whether a more educational presentation of his life in a different setting might be more appropriate.'

Councils across the UK have pledged to review statues, street names and plaques following this week's Black Lives Matter protests.

Photo: © David Dixon

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