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Bodmin Christmas Tree Taken Down After Yob Attacks

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9:23am 19th December 2014
(Updated 9:23am 19th December 2014)

Vandals who wrecked Bodmin's Christmas tree must have come prepared with special equipment.

That is according to officials who have taken down the twenty foot display at Mount Folly, after it was targeted twice.

It was supposed to be marking a hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Now the tree has been taken down.

Deputy Mayor Lance Kennedy said: "On the first occasion they cut the wires to the Christmas tree lights. We managed to repair those. But the second time, a couple of nights ago, they attacked them so badly they are now irreparably damaged - and that's £500 worth.

"They also managed to split the trunk of the tree - and that left us with a health and safety problem.

"Our electrician tells us the sort of cuts made must have been from good quality cutters. They're not cheap - so somebody came well-prepared intending to vandalise this memorial to the First World War and to Christmas."

Stephen works on the square. He said: "It was huge. It was probably as big as the Shire Hall and dominated out of our windows. The area was roped off and they chopped the tree down and chipped it all up - no explanation, we didn't know what was going on.

"I had to check the calendar to check I hadn't fallen asleep over Christmas and it wasn't twelfth night or something.

"It's terrible - if it really has been vandalised then it's a sad reflection on the town really.

"As usual it's the behaviour of a few individuals which will sadly label the whole town."

The town council says it has been overwhelmed by support since the attacks - and a replacement tree will be put up on Monday.

Police say they have launched an investigation and have identified two suspects.

In a statement they said: "We want to reassure you that the crime is being investigated, and we are liaising closely with Bodmin Town Council. It is appreciated that this has caused a lot of unrest within the community of Bodmin and we are very grateful to those people who have offered their services to the Town Council to replace the tree and lights.

"[We] are following up information passed to us from members of the public, and along with CCTV evidence, we have identified two offenders responsible for the damage. We will not be ‘naming and shaming’ the offenders whilst the investigation is ongoing.

"We would also like to suggest that if the individuals responsible for the damage are reading this post, that they make contact with us as soon as possible. This is not going to go away and police will be speaking with you both in the very near future.

"If anyone has any further information regarding this incident and if anyone has any further information regarding this crime, please contact us on 101 quoting crime number CR/130237/14. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

9:23am 19th December 2014

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