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Vandals target festive lights in Long Melford


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Mindless vandals have targeted Christmas tree lights in Long Melford, provoking disbelief in the village.

The festive lights were vandalised in Hall Street last week, when the perpetrators cut through wires on the trees.

Long Melford Parish Council said it cannot continue to cover the cost of further damages, as it is has now exceeded its budget for Christmas lights this year.

Parish and district councillor John Nunn condemned the vandalism.

“It beggars belief that someone should seek to deny the public the pleasure of seeing Long Melford so nicely lit this Christmas,” he said.

Mr Nunn added that the parish council could not afford to fund further replacements this year.

“We are grateful to the people and businesses who have helped with the cost of this year’s lighting,” he said. “But we feel we have to draw a line on this replacement due to the ongoing problems.”

A spokesman for Long Melford Parish Council, said: “The parish council is disappointed with the vandalism to the Christmas lights, but hopes that it does not spoil residents’ celebrations for the coming festive period.

“With all the wonderful shop and tree decorations lighting up the street, it still gives a wonderful festive experience in the lead-up to Christmas.”

Inspector Danny Cooper, from Suffolk Police, is appealing for information in connections with the incident.

“I know that so much organisation and time goes into displaying Christmas lights, not to mention the cost,” he said.

“It is so disappointing to find out that this mindless damage has taken place.”

Anyone with information can contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD reference number SC-06122018-313.



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