‘Mind­less van­dals’ smash town’s Christ­mas lights

Southport Visiter - - Front Page -

“MIND­LESS van­dals” have been blasted for dam­ag­ing Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions in South­port town cen­tre.

Just hours af­ter the Christ­mas light switch-on last week, groups of youths were re­ported break­ing and re­mov­ing parts of the dis­plays.

One Visiter reader said she saw two teenage girls dam­ag­ing star dec­o­ra­tions, on the Lord Street/ Al­bert Road round­about, the night of the switch-on.

Other in­ci­dents since re­ported be­ing cut.

In re­cent years, South­port BID has in­vested in hun­dreds of thou­sands of lights for the town cen­tre.

BID chief ex­ec­u­tive Hugh Evans said: “Just days af­ter the most suc­cess­ful in­clude wires Christ­mas lights switch-on we’ve seen in our town it seems that a group of teenagers are do­ing their up­most to dam­age the lights them­selves. We’ve had re­ports of teenagers de­lib­er­ately try­ing to van­dalise the dec­o­ra­tions on the Fire Sta­tion round­about.

“We’ve also got ev­i­dence that some of the wiring for the tree lights on Chapel Street and Lord Street has been de­lib­er­ately cut with a knife we pre­sume by the same group. These are just acts of mind­less van­dal­ism.

“Apart from the fact that it costs money for re­pairs it’s stag­ger­ing to be­lieve that any­one would ac­tu­ally want to set out to dam­age our town’s fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions”.

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