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Scarborough's Christmas Tree Vandalised

Scarborough's Christmas Tree Vandalised

Published by Jon Burke at 9:23am 8th November 2019. (Updated at 10:37am 8th November 2019)

The Christmas tree in Scarborough town centre has been vandalised.

The recently erected Christmas tree, which was to provide a focal point for the town’s forthcoming Christmas celebrations on Westborough, has been pulled down and vandalised.

The damage was reported to police by CCTV operators in the early hours of today, Friday 8th November.

North Yorkshire Police officers attended immediately and arrested a 20-year-old man nearby on suspicion of criminal damage.

The suspect remains in custody at this time, while police enquiries continue.

Sandra Rees, Scarborough Borough Council Community Safety and Safeguarding Manager said:

“The private sector led Town Centre Christmas Steering Group has worked extremely hard to put on a fantastic line up of Christmas celebrations.

The contemporary style tree, which had only just been erected and was still to be decorated, would have created a stunning centrepiece for the town’s shopping area.

It is really sickening that some people have no regard for the efforts being made to ensure Scarborough looks at its best for Christmas.

We will not tolerate this sort of behaviour and will continue to work closely with North Yorkshire Police to stamp it out and ensure those responsible are held to account.”

The damage the tree has sustained means it can no longer be used and will be removed from the precinct while the Scarborough Town Centre Christmas Steering Group tries to progress an alternative solution.

Sue Anderson Brown, Chair of the Scarborough Town Centre Christmas Steering Group said:

“It is very disappointing that this incident has happened.

However we are working really hard to look at alternative installations and won't let this spoil our fantastic Christmas light switch on event taking place next Thursday.”

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zara, on 8th November 2019 12:47pm
Although i am against vandalism i think this tree is better in the skip anyway. What is wrong with the traditional one, why does everything have to be 'progressive'. It cannot be that difficult this early in the season to buy a proper christmas tree.

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