Drunk tourist damages newly renovated statue at Brussels' Bourse

A drunk Irish tourist damaged a newly renovated statue in Brussels city centre on Sunday evening. The man was subsequently arrested at a nearby fast-food restaurant.

The grand reopening of the Brussels stock exchange building on Saturday showcased the 90 million euros and 10-year restoration that the building and surrounding statues have undergone. The man climbed up one of two statues depicting lions and men with torches on the stairs leading up to the building, to have his photo taken. While climbing back down, he broke a torch from one of the men's hands.

The restoration of the lion cost 17,600 euros, and the Bourse management of wants to recover costs from the tourist, Het Niewsblad reports.



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