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Preston Christmas decorations and trees targeted by vandals

Posted on - 7th December, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Winckley Square
The Christmas tree in Winckley Square has now been restored
The Christmas tree in Winckley Square has now been restored

A plea for vandals to stop smashing up Preston’s Christmas displays has been issued.

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Preston City Council says a number of festive lights and trees have been targeted in recent days.

The Christmas tree in Winckley Square has been a particular target – with lights pulled off and branches snapped.

Other Christmas displays targeted include St Margaret’s Church in Ingol and Kidsgrove village green.

Fishergate’s Christmas tree and Christmas lights have also been repeatedly vandalised.

Read more: Here are this year’s Christmas lights in Preston

And the city council says its Market Hall car park is seeing increased levels of vandalism in the run up to Christmas with the elevator being damaged, all lamps on the seventh floor being smashed and door panels smashed throughout.

A spokeswoman said: “We love the way Preston looks with the lights and trees around the city centre and in different communities this time of year. It’s really sad when we sustain vandalism, especially to the Christmas displays – the most recent was the lovely tree in Winckley Square.

“The damage has now been repaired and the tree is looking fantastic again. We’ve had lots of compliments about the tree and the restoration in the gardens.

“We all lose when these displays are damaged.”

Read more: Free carol concert taking place in Winckley Square

Anyone seeing vandalism can report it to Preston Police on 101.

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