South Ribble councillor furious after youths reportedly damage Bamber Bridge's 20 foot Christmas tree

A South Ribble councillor is furious after a town's 20 foot Christmas tree was targeted by vandals '“ and now wants to make it known to parents of the children he thinks are behind it.

Friday, 14th December 2018, 8:16 pm
Updated Friday, 14th December 2018, 9:18 pm
The tree has been damaged by vandals, with the power box to the lights accessed and the tree dragged downwards (Photos: Neil Cross)

The festive tree outside The Food Warehouse in Station Road, Bamber Bridge, was targeted on Wednesday evening.

Coun Mike Nelson, who represents Walton-le-Dale West, said that youths had been “climbing up it and broke the damned thing”.

Coun Nelson is chairman of the My Neighbourhood Area Forum – Eastern committee, the team which sanctioned the £800 spent on the tree.

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The tree has been damaged by vandals, with the power box to the lights accessed and the tree dragged downwards (Photos: Neil Cross)

He added: “I just wanted to brighten up the area and then this happens. It’s just soul destroying after putting all this effort in.”

Stewards will be on site on Saturday afternoon to make it as safe as possible for the walking nativity coming through town from St Aidain’s Church, finishing across the road from the tree outside the Morrisons supermarket.

“I just want the parents of these kids [behind this] to see what they are doing,” Coun Nelson added.

South Ribble Council have reportedly ‘done their best’ to repair it but Coun Nelson says worries main over the tree’s structural integrity, with its trunk “splintered”.

South Ribble Council workmen onsite to repair the tree

The suspects also gained access to the tree light’s power point, with the council on site yesterday to carry out repairs.

Enquiries are underway to gain CCTV in the area to pinpoint those behind the incident.

South Ribble Council did not comment on the matter when contacted by the Post.

Stewards will be on site this afternoon to make it as safe as possible for the walking nativity coming to town from St Aidans Church, finishing across the road outside Morrisons supermarket