Vandals attack Rishton Christmas tree

The damaged Christmas tree

The damaged Christmas tree

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

ONE of Rishton’s new living Christmas trees has been damaged in an attack by vandals.

The tree, in High Street, has had several of its branches snapped off, while others have been bent and broken.

Councillor Ken Moss has reacted angrily to the vandalism, which he said puts the tree at ‘risk of disease and further decay’.

Two six-feet-tall Christmas trees were permanently planted last November in a bid to cut the cost of Christmas, and were branded ‘laughable’ by some residents due to their small size.

But Coun Ken Moss said: “The two Christmas trees have grown considerably since December and have taken root well. I was so pleased because it ensures children growing up now will be able to watch their own children enjoying the same tree in years to come.

“We don’t have the money to keep replacing trees; we are trying to provide something lasting for very little money.

“This is just brainless vandalism. All they have done is spoil what could have been something beautiful that everyone can enjoy.” The branches are not expected to grow back, although most of the damage is at the back.

Coun Moss said a request has been made for the police to check CCTV cameras in High Street.

One of the Christmas trees was vandalised in December, just hours after the lights were switched on.

Lighting cables were ripped out of an electrical junction box at the tree in Parker Street, where then Hyndburn mayor Judith Addison, alongside MP Graham Jones, had attended the switch-on.

Residents with information about the vandalism can call police on 101, or report it anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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5:49pm Thu 31 Jul 14

sen c b l says...

There's no such thing as a Christmas tree and neither is there a Christmas father, Santa Claus. It's all storied based on children entertaining activity. Get real and maybe Christianity may well become popular and limit the increase of atheism.
There's no such thing as a Christmas tree and neither is there a Christmas father, Santa Claus. It's all storied based on children entertaining activity. Get real and maybe Christianity may well become popular and limit the increase of atheism. sen c b l
  • Score: -9

6:33am Fri 1 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh no ! Crime of the century.
Oh no ! Crime of the century. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -4

7:11am Fri 1 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

sen c b l wrote:
There's no such thing as a Christmas tree and neither is there a Christmas father, Santa Claus. It's all storied based on children entertaining activity. Get real and maybe Christianity may well become popular and limit the increase of atheism.
It's all stories indeed, No matter which imaginary friend you choose.

Frankly I don't remember anybody going to war in the name of Santa Claus so I think he is the one that deserves a break.
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: There's no such thing as a Christmas tree and neither is there a Christmas father, Santa Claus. It's all storied based on children entertaining activity. Get real and maybe Christianity may well become popular and limit the increase of atheism.[/p][/quote]It's all stories indeed, No matter which imaginary friend you choose. Frankly I don't remember anybody going to war in the name of Santa Claus so I think he is the one that deserves a break. greenscreener
  • Score: 5

2:13pm Fri 1 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

greenscreener wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
There's no such thing as a Christmas tree and neither is there a Christmas father, Santa Claus. It's all storied based on children entertaining activity. Get real and maybe Christianity may well become popular and limit the increase of atheism.
It's all stories indeed, No matter which imaginary friend you choose.

Frankly I don't remember anybody going to war in the name of Santa Claus so I think he is the one that deserves a break.
No not in the name of Santa but in the name of Christianity, yes.
History and wars will teach you something and it seems many have simply forgotten who the intimidators were and who were the defenders.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: There's no such thing as a Christmas tree and neither is there a Christmas father, Santa Claus. It's all storied based on children entertaining activity. Get real and maybe Christianity may well become popular and limit the increase of atheism.[/p][/quote]It's all stories indeed, No matter which imaginary friend you choose. Frankly I don't remember anybody going to war in the name of Santa Claus so I think he is the one that deserves a break.[/p][/quote]No not in the name of Santa but in the name of Christianity, yes. History and wars will teach you something and it seems many have simply forgotten who the intimidators were and who were the defenders. sen c b l
  • Score: -5

2:23pm Thu 21 Aug 14

painterman1060 says...

Just shows how intelligent the vandals are wrecking parts of there own town that's really clever. They must be really thick n stupid low life's with no future at all get a life suck
Just shows how intelligent the vandals are wrecking parts of there own town that's really clever. They must be really thick n stupid low life's with no future at all get a life suck painterman1060
  • Score: 3

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