A PRANKSTER has taken it upon themselves to place a gas mask on Bridgwater's iconic Robert Blake statue in the town centre.

These photos, taken at around 11am this morning (Monday, March 23) by Mercury photographer Aisling Magill, show the town's most famous resident with his new attire as Bridgwater is affected by the restrictions being put in place to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

Bridgwater Mercury:

Sedgemoor District Council, which looks after the statue, has been approached for a comment.