A SHEEP sculpture on the side of a main road has had to undergo emergency repair work after a van crashed into it.
The fibre-glass sheep, which is one of five that form part of The Dotterel Shepherd Sculpture, was damaged when a white Nissan Primastar van towing a trailer collided with it in thick fog shortly after 7.30pm on Sunday (July 8).
The life-size sculpture, which depicts a shepherd and his dog battling the elements as he guards his flock of five sheep and a lamb, was created by Bridlington-based artist Ronald Falck and installed at the Dotterel traffic island on the A165 near Speighton early last year.
It is believed the van, which had been travelling from Scarborough towards Bridlington, came off the road, destroyed the chevron signage, mounted the grass sides of the island and ploughed into the first sheep.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said the van driver was not believed to have been injured in the crash.
The sheep is now being repaired by Mr Falck, who was informed of the crash by a Speeton Parish Councillor, hopes to have it re-installed by the end of this month,
Mr Falck, who studied under Henry Moore and has been an artist in residence at Castle Howard, part funded the sculpture himself while he was also supported by Reighton Parish Council and funded to the tune of £3,000 by Scarborough Council.