Christmas lights come under attack from 'mindless' vandals
PUBLISHED: 11:30 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:52 10 December 2018
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The Christmas lights in a picturesque Suffolk village have suffered from "continued vandalism" and will not be replaced should any further damage take place.
The lights on Hall Street in Long Melford have come under attack from vandals in the past week, who are cutting the light strings in the trees.
Long Melford Parish Council is now running £100 over its budget for Christmas lighting and says it cannot afford to replace anymore this year.
Many businesses and people in the village have contributed to the cost of this year’s Christmas lights.
John Nunn, parish and district councillor for Long Melford, said it “beggars belief” that someone would cause deliberate damage to the lights.
“We are grateful to the local people and businesses who have helped with the cost of this year’s lighting, but feel we have to draw a line on further replacements due to the ongoing problems,” he said.
“We’re now around £100 over budget for the Christmas lights and we’re only a village at the end of the day.
“A lot of people enjoy coming to see the lights. It beggars belief that someone should seek to deny the public the pleasure of seeing Long Melford so nicely lit this Christmas.”
Police are appealing for information over the damage, which has continued despite the best efforts of the parish council clerk and Sudbury Town Council’s wardens.
Inspector Danny Cooper, of Sudbury and Haverhill police, said he was “disappointed” to learn of the vandalism.
“We have been made aware of the damage that was caused to the Christmas lights in Long Melford,” he said.
“I know that so much organisation and time goes into displaying Christmas lights, not to mention the cost.
“It is so disappointing to find out that this mindless damage has taken place.
“If anyone has any information about what happened or who was involved, I would ask that they contact us via our website at www.suffolk.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting CAD reference number SC-06122018-313.”
Alternatively, information can be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously, at 0800 555111 or via the independent crime-fighting charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org