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Council issue warning to Christmas tree vandals

Thursday, 15 December 2016

DERRY City and Strabane District Council has warned vandals targeting the town's Christmas decorations that they will be reported to police if they are caught.

The stern warning was issued by the local authority following reports that the Christmas tree in Strabane town centre has been targeted a number of times in recent weeks.

This week council's head of environment, Conor Canning, reminded the public of the consequences of damaging Christmas decorations.

He has urged people to respect the decorations, warning of the potential dangers of interfering with them.

"It's a shame to see the decorations being vandalised, particularly so soon after the success of the recent Christmas switch-on events," he said.

"It's not just an attack on the community but it is potentially very dangerous given the electrical equipment involved and the size of the trees council has erected.

"We would like to remind people that the decorations are there for everyone to enjoy throughout the festive season.

“We would urge everyone to respect this and warn those responsible that action will be taken by the PSNI against anyone engaging in such acts of vandalism."

For its part, the PSNI says it takes reports of criminal damage seriously and says anyone with information in connection with the recent reported incidents should contact officers on the 101 non-emergency number.

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