A 20-foot tall scarecrow in a "Messianic" pose which caused outrage among Christians in Billericay, Essex, has been burned down.
This follows controversy over the scarecrow seemingly mounted on a huge cross which was assembled in the first week of Lent. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service who attended the blaze have described the fire as deliberate.
David Finkle, general manager at Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village, who helped to make the scarecrow said: "There's nothing left of the scarecrow but there's an element of me which isn't surprised.
"We rolled in to work to see the scorched, blackened remains and our hearts sank - we're bitterly disappointed.
All that remained was the plastic used to stuff the scarecrow's head and the wooden cross made from a telegraph pole."