Ges­ture re­stores the spirit of Christ­mas for cou­ple

Townsville Bulletin - - Just Briefly -

THE spirit ofChrist­mas was re­stored for an An­nan­dale cou­ple just days af­ter their elab­o­rate light dis­play was de­stroyed by thugs.

Denise and Alan Ket­tles were dev­as­tated af­ter a glow­ing rein­deer was stolen from their yard.

The ou­traged cou­ple an­gled their se­cu­rity cam­eras to­ward the dec­o­ra­tions and three thieves were caught on cam­era when they re­turned for more this week.

But Mrs Ket­tles got a pleas­ant sur­prise this week when an­other Christ­mas lights vic­tim made a spe­cial de­liv­ery.

‘‘They saw us on TV and felt so bad — they brought around some spare lights,’’ Mrs Ket­tles said.

‘‘It’s re­stored our faith in hu­man­ity and the Christ­mas spirit.’’

And the Ket­tles aren’t the only res­i­dents to lose their lights.

A Queens­land Po­lice spokesman said po­lice had re­ceived nu­mer­ous com­plaints from res­i­dents in sev­eral Townsville sub­urbs.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately we have had a few re­ports, mostly of­van­dal­ism. It’s prob­a­bly drunken id­iots walk­ing along and rip­ping them down,’’ he said.

Mrs Ket­tles said her video had been passed on to po­lice.

She said the three of­fend­ers were aged be­tween about 17 and 19.

Two of the of­fend­ers had dark hair and a larger, more stocky man had sandy or light-coloured hair.

Any­one who wit­nesses Christ­mas lights van­dal­ism should call Townsville po­lice on 4759 9710.

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