SANTA LOCKED UP AF­TER STREET BRAWL

Fa­ther Christ­mas will miss ‘Big Day’

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’TIS the sea­son for... an all-out BRAWL in the street!

Cops had to be called to sep­a­rate a gang of 20 fight­ing SAN­TAS af­ter a row over street pitches got out of con­trol.

The fra­cas, which left chil­dren cry­ing, hap­pened in New York, where Fa­ther Christ­mases on main shop­ping streets charge par­ents $5-a-time to pose for pic­tures with their chil­dren.

The big money earner – some San­tas earn up to $1,000-a-day – is run by two ri­val com­pa­nies who pro­vide all the cos­tumes and take a cut of their earn­ings.

Wound­ing

But a row be­tween the com­pa­nies es­ca­lated into a huge fight that left three San­tas in hos­pi­tal and two more ar­rested.

One of the Fa­ther Christ­mases has been charged with wound­ing and faces spend­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod in jail.

A po­lice source said: “This is a cut-throat busi­ness and there cer­tainly isn’t much good will in­volved.

“We had to send twelve of­fi­cers to break up the fight.

“There were chil­dren watch­ing who burst into tears. It was aw­ful.”

By COLIN HURST

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