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Vandals target Long Melford Christmas lights

PUBLISHED: 21:36 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 21:36 13 December 2018

The Christmas lights in Long Melford have been vandalised Picture: JON OHLSON

The Christmas lights in Long Melford have been vandalised Picture: JON OHLSON

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The Christmas lights in Long Melford have been attacked by vandals and will not be replaced should any further damage take place, it has been warned.

John Nunn.  Picture: SUPPLIED BY JOHN NUNNJohn Nunn. Picture: SUPPLIED BY JOHN NUNN

The lights in Hall Street have come under attack in the past week from people cutting the light strings in the trees.

Long Melford Parish Council is now running £100 over its budget for Christmas lighting and says it cannot afford to replace any more this year.

Many businesses and people in the village have contributed to the cost of this year’s Christmas lights.

John Nunn, parish and district councillor for Long Melford, said it “beggars belief” that someone would cause deliberate damage to the lights.

“We are grateful to the local people and businesses who have helped with the cost of this year’s lighting, but feel we have to draw a line on further replacements due to the ongoing problems,” he said.

“We’re now around £100 over budget for the Christmas lights and we’re only a village at the end of the day.

“A lot of people enjoy coming to see the lights. It beggars belief that someone should seek to deny the public the pleasure of seeing Long Melford so nicely lit this Christmas.”

Police are appealing for information over the damage, which has continued despite the best efforts of the parish council clerk and Sudbury Town Council’s wardens.

Anyone with information can contact them via the Suffolk Constabulary website or by calling 101, quoting CAD reference number SC-06122018-313.

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