Charity Christmas display targeted by ‘selfish’ thieves

Upset: Diane Winrow with the ruined Homer Simpson inflatable

Upset: Diane Winrow with the ruined Homer Simpson inflatable

Homeowner left angry after vandals slash and steal decorations in aid of hospice fund.

A spectacular Christmas display for charity has been targeted by yobs.

An inflatable Homer Simpson Santa was slashed by vandals, and a plastic Santa was also taken from a wall at the Preston home.

The decorations and light show had been put up at Diane Winrow’s home to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice, and for local children to visit.

Diane of Lytham Road, Ashton, said: “We have a massive big Homer Simpson and the kids absolutely love it, and we woke up and it had all been cut with a knife.

“I thought, ‘What a shame.’”

Diane, 57, said there was a charity box so people could make donations that would be given to St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall.

She said: “My husband, Ian, has worked so hard putting it up and for them to cut it up and rip it, it’s just a shame.

“It is all for charity and it’s a good cause. For someone to just come and make a mess like that, I just think it is very upsetting.”

Diane added the vandals had spoiled the display for local youngsters.

She said: “The inflatable Homer Simpson was slashed and then there was a big plastic figure of Father Christmas holding a Christmas tree, and they have ripped it off the wall and I don’t know where it is.

“For them it might be a laugh but at the end of the day it is magical for the little children.

“Nurseries are coming to see us and there faces light up and I think to go and start spoiling it like this is just not fair.

“Where’s the Christmas spirit?”

She added: “It is magical what my husband has put up for Christmas and I think it is a bit selfish of them to do this.”

Diane said the incident, thought to have happened between 8pm on Thursday December 19 and 5.30am the next morning, had been reported to the police, who are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A Lancashire police spokesman said: “We would treat this as theft and we would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”

Diane said she and her husband wanted to thank everyone who had put donations in the box, including an anonymous donation of more than £80.

Call police on 101.




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