Vandals hit Xmas tree

marlene bennet and alfreton xmas tree vandalised
marlene bennet and alfreton xmas tree vandalised

VANDALS have toppled Alfreton’s Christmas tree in a ‘mindless’ attack which will cost ‘many ‘hundreds of pounds’ to repair.

Just days after work started on the 2011 Christmas Light Display in the town, the large cone tree, which forms the centrepiece of the display outside Alfreton House, was attacked.

Members of the town council have spoken of their sadness and disappointment at the vandalism

A spokesman for the council said the attack caused ‘considerable damage’.

He said: “The tree cost over £2,500 when it was purchased a couple of years ago, and the damage caused by the latest attack is expected to cost many hundreds of pounds.”

Councillor Marlene Bennett MBE, town mayor, said: “I am saddened and disappointed by this mindless vandalism.

“Once again the residents of Alfreton will have to pick up the bill for this act of stupidity.

“Residents can be assured that the tree will be fully repaired and back in place for the switch-on on the 24th of November.”

Councillor John Walker, executive member for the environment and regeneration, promised measures would be taken to protect the decorations.

He said: “We will not be put off by the mindless few who risk spoiling the display for the rest of the town and its visitors.

“We have asked the police to fully investigate the incident, as well as supplementing the CCTV in the area to make sure any further vandals can be caught.”

The attack happened sometime overnight on Thursday, October 27.

Anyone with any information about the crime should contact Derbyshire Police on their new non-emergency number 101.

Or they can call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.