A campaign has been launched against council plans to deter people from placing a traffic cone on a city statue.

Organisers of an online petition to save the cone on Glasgow's statue of the Duke of Wellington say it has become an "iconic" part of the city's heritage.

Plans have been lodged by the council to raise the plinth on which Wellington's horse stands outside the Gallery of Modern Art.

The move is part of a £65,000 refurbishment proposal aimed at ending the practice which it says projects a "depressing" image of Glasgow.

An online petition launched by Donna Yates and Gavin Doig currently has more than 4,000 signatures.

"The cone on Wellington's head is an iconic part of Glasgow's heritage, and means far more to the people of Glasgow and to visitors than Wellington himself ever has," they say.

"We request that the council not waste tens of thousands of pounds attempting to stop this proud Glaswegian tradition. It is a landmark, a point of culture and tradition, a place of note, a shared bit of heritage for the whole city."

Former prime minister Wellington (1769 - 1852) defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. His statue stands on Royal Exchange Square and for years has been targeted by students and revellers who put an orange traffic cone on his head.

The council puts the cost of removing the cone each time at £100.

Jennie Kermode wrote on the petition site: "As a regular writer of tourist brochures, I note that much of what attracts visitors to Glasgow is the humour of its people. This is not something the council should be ashamed of.

Lara Davis wrote: "The cone is more of a symbol of the defiant, fun spirit which Glasgow has always embodied and for which it's renowned throughout the world."