'Neighbours of a famous White Horse have accused Extinction Rebellion of 'defacing' the monument by covering it with their logo just weeks after schoolchildren helped restore it.
The activists used dark cloth to create their hourglass symbol on the top of the Alton Barnes White Horse in Wiltshire, which was cut in 1812.
It angered locals who re-chalked the precious site back in August, using 46 tonnes of pristine rock dumped from a RAF Chinook helicopter.
Rob Sutherland, whose 11-year-old daughter Molly was among the restoration team, said: 'The children are all aware of the issues around climate and they want to make it better.
'But they can't comprehend why the white horse was chosen for this. Hundreds of people helped re chalk it in August.
'This is not a good way for Extinction Rebellion to publicise their cause.'
Another local Graham Newland blasted the activists as 'cheap anarchists', and said: 'This is a wanton act of vandalism.
'Besides disrespecting the children who they claim to act for and angering them and the community who lovingly restored this fragile precious chalk environment, these so called protectors of the planet have done their bit to damage it.
'Besides breaking down the chalk (bad), the chalk is clearly poisoned with chemicals and damaged today as a direct result of their actions.'
Molly Sutherland now 12 who lead the clean up operation of the white horse said she was disappointed by the Extinction Rebellion actions.'
Read more: Fury as Extinction Rebellion ‘deface’ a famous White Horse monument with their hourglass logo just weeks after schoolchildren helped restore it
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