By Tristan Harris Monday 23 September 2013 Updated: 23/09 11:15
HEARTLESS vandals have damaged an iconic flower-clad Mini which was positioned on an island near the former MG Rover factory.
The vehicle, a reminder of the area's rich motor manufacturing history, had its window broken when it was flipped over onto its side.
The sickening sight greeted residents who were en route to work and school this morning (Monday).
The creation was done by staff at Cofton Park Nursery and formed part of the organisation's floral display for the Chelsea Flower Show.
The nursery, which has won gold awards at four Royal Horticultural Society shows, grows flowers for a lot of the displays which adorn streets, traffic islands and central reservations around south Birmingham.
Staff were originally only going to put the Mini out for one day, but left it there because a lot of people had said how much they liked it.
Tony Turpin, who works for the nursery, said: "We were horrified when we saw it.
"It gives a lot of people a lot of pleasure, particularly those who used to work at Longbridge.
"It's an icon of Longbridge and what used to be produced there."
He added, following the vandalism, the Mini would be taken off display and back to the nursery.
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