Gesture restores the spirit of Christmas for couple
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.