Villagers upset as vandals wreck Christmas tree display in Coggeshall

Braintree and Witham Times: Christmas ends early in village after vandals wreck tree display Christmas ends early in village after vandals wreck tree display

Christmas came to a premature end in a village after vandals ripped the lights from its centrepiece tree.

A Christmas tree on Market Hill, Coggeshall, had been decorated with lights and a star to celebrate the festive season.

But the decorations have been removed on safety grounds after the tree was vandalised in the early hours of Boxing Day.

Nearby residents early loud noises in the centre of the village between 3am and 4am, but it was only later in the day that the damage was discovered.

The tree and light display is organised each year by the Coggeshall Chamber of Trade, which purchased new lights this year.

Chamber of Trade chairman Hazel Picknell-Stride, who runs Norman’s Sweet Shop in Stoneham Street, said: “We won’t be able to afford to replace the ones we have just replaced.

“It is a very unfortunate and very un-Christmassy act which is disappointing for the community and visitors who come here to shop and dine.”

Essex Police confirmed it was investigating after it received reports of several incidents of criminal damage in the village, which took place at about 3.25am on Boxing Day.

A spokesman said: “Police received calls from a member of the public reporting a window had been smashed at a house in Church Street.

“Other properties are understood to be damaged on Market Hill.”

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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7:56am Thu 2 Jan 14

Spirit13 says...

Remove the tree, install tie posts and birch the people who did this. It's about time this country stopped being so soft on mindless vandals who spoil things for everyone else. Come on the do-gooders lets hear how you would solve this, no doubt you will want to burn me at the stake
Remove the tree, install tie posts and birch the people who did this. It's about time this country stopped being so soft on mindless vandals who spoil things for everyone else. Come on the do-gooders lets hear how you would solve this, no doubt you will want to burn me at the stake Spirit13

10:23am Thu 2 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I'd rather see you installed as The Lord Chief Justice (18th Century style)

Take this country back to the values that it enjoyed just a generation or two ago.

Let's see how the Bleeding Hearts Whingers try to justify a softly softly stance on the canker of vandalism that is sweeping the nation.
I'd rather see you installed as The Lord Chief Justice (18th Century style) Take this country back to the values that it enjoyed just a generation or two ago. Let's see how the Bleeding Hearts Whingers try to justify a softly softly stance on the canker of vandalism that is sweeping the nation. OMPITA [Intl]

2:07pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Spirit13 says...

OMPITA wrote:
I'd rather see you installed as The Lord Chief Justice (18th Century style) Take this country back to the values that it enjoyed just a generation or two ago. Let's see how the Bleeding Hearts Whingers try to justify a softly softly stance on the canker of vandalism that is sweeping the nation.
Hi OMPITA, well I didn't expect that response. How refreshing to see that I'm not the only one who is sick to the back teeth of mindless vandals. Mind you, when I was a nipper I was more worried about my Father finding out as he would have definitely made me think twice about it, hence why I never did anything like this. I spent a lot of my childhood in villages and we were scared whitless of the Police (we did go to them though if we needed them), as there was a good chance that they would clip you round the ear and worse than that, they would tell your parents. Of course I don't advocate violence but I do support chastising. My children were brought up to mind and they never brought the Police to my door once. We also had sound communities where everyone was an Uncle or Aunt. Sadly it's all gone now but in these hard times I do detect a small return to the good old "neighbours" ways.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: I'd rather see you installed as The Lord Chief Justice (18th Century style) Take this country back to the values that it enjoyed just a generation or two ago. Let's see how the Bleeding Hearts Whingers try to justify a softly softly stance on the canker of vandalism that is sweeping the nation.[/p][/quote]Hi OMPITA, well I didn't expect that response. How refreshing to see that I'm not the only one who is sick to the back teeth of mindless vandals. Mind you, when I was a nipper I was more worried about my Father finding out as he would have definitely made me think twice about it, hence why I never did anything like this. I spent a lot of my childhood in villages and we were scared whitless of the Police (we did go to them though if we needed them), as there was a good chance that they would clip you round the ear and worse than that, they would tell your parents. Of course I don't advocate violence but I do support chastising. My children were brought up to mind and they never brought the Police to my door once. We also had sound communities where everyone was an Uncle or Aunt. Sadly it's all gone now but in these hard times I do detect a small return to the good old "neighbours" ways. Spirit13

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