CRICKET pranksters are bowling undie-arm — by decorating a statue of legendary umpire Dickie Bird with a bra.
Council bosses raised the bronze onto a plinth after undies were repeatedly left dangling from his out-stretched finger.
But drunken partygoers are still clambering up the 5ft 10in life-size model in Barnsley, South Yorks., to leave their smalls.
Some are even rolling condoms over his world famous digit while others have added Covid face masks.
A council binman said: “They raised the plinth a few years back to stop people getting up, but it hasn’t worked.
“Kids are still finding ways to clamber up to stick things on Dickie’s finger. It’s a regular thing in the town.
“We’ve removed jonnies ladies’ knickers and Christmas decorations.
“It’s quite a common thing for lads and lasses to do, but with the pubs lockdown it hasn’t happened as much recently.”
Keen cricket fan Donald Abbott, 72, a retired miner and former soldier, said: “People think it is a funny thing to do, but I think it’s disrespectful.
“Dickie Bird is a great man from this town, who is known nationally and internationally.”
Art student Bethany Dewsnap, 17, said: “The plinth is higher but people are still putting things on his finger.”
Dickie, 87, choked back tears after his statue – facing Shaw Lane Cricket Club, where he started his playing career – was unveiled by Prince Charles in 2009.
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