Vandalism in Ulverston could ruin festive display
Last updated at 16:26, Thursday, 29 August 2013
AN act of “mindless vandalism” could cost Ulverston Town Council hundreds of pounds and put a dampener on the town’s Christmas celebrations.
A silver birch tree which had formed part of the council’s plans for its Christmas lights decorations on the roundabout in County Square was badly damaged between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
It was broken in two as a result of the attack and is now being propped up by supportive splints.
Mayor Judith Pickthall, who also sits on the town council’s Christmas lights committee said: “If we have to replace it with a like-for-like tree it could cost us hundreds of pounds.
“If we buy one it means we can’t afford something else and we will have to make choices. It might be that we don’t have as much to invest in our Christmas celebrations.”
“I feel ashamed that people would do that, especially as it was looking particularly nice at the moment. It’s just mindless vandalism.”
The tree had been chosen, along with two others on the roundabout, to be covered in lights during the festive season.
Planning and design has already taken place and uplighting has already been installed. This will have to be removed if the tree is replaced.
Councillor Pat Jones, also a member of the Christmas lights committee, said: “I’m absolutely furious, totally furious. We worked so hard as a body and with the electrician to make it just perfect beforehand.
“Why? When people work so hard to give them a nice place to live.”
While the area is covered by CCTV, the attack was not caught on camera.
A statement issued by Cumbria police said: “The offender has caused the tree to be broken in two. The tree was planned to be part of the Christmas lights and will cost the town council several hundred pounds.”
Anyone with information about the incident should call Cumbria police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
First published at 16:15, Thursday, 29 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Yes, "mindless vandalism" is indeed a problem in the town as we well know with our pottery displays which were wrecked repeatedly to start with. However I'm convinced there are some approaches that work better than others. Getting others to be angry can be the reason why the vandals do it. It may not be as "mindless" as it seems. I'd be pleased to work with a group interested in working with the problem. It requires a lot of patience and will be an increasingly difficult problem in the town if it's not tackled sensitively - which is not to say that one is soft on this behaviour. Could it not be an expression of irrational anger? A feeling of deep frustration. There's a lot of this feeling about at the moment: even with normally positive people.