Council incensed by vandal attack

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MINDLESS vandals attacked a festive decoration in Chapel St Leonards – spoiling the hard work of primary school children who helped design it.

Youths were seen ripping Christmas lights from the parish council’s tree and pulling up the surrounding boards, which had been painted by the children of Chapel St Leonards Primary School.

The parish council spent more than £600 on new lights this year and are incensed at the ‘blatant disregard for the community’.

Parish clerk Michael Green said: “There can be no justification for this wanton criminal damage to the community’s property.

“We had a fantastic community event on December 10 when the lights were formally switched on.

“The children at the school worked extremely hard to decorate the area with biblical scenes and the whole village joined in the celebration.”

Police are investigating the incident, which occurred at approximately 9.30pm on Sunday and the council is optimistic the youths will be identified by a nearby CCTV camera.

Mr Green continued: “Council employees have managed to repair the damage but there is a cost to that, not at least in that it diverted them from their other tasks in the village.

“We are doing all we can to support the police to find the culprits and will press for a maximum penalty.”

If you saw the incident or have any information about the alleged vandals contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300 or 101.

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