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Heartless Vandals Damage Christmas Tree In Weymouth

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1:48pm 9th December 2014

Mindless vandals have damaged a Christmas Tree at Chalbury Corner in Weymouth.

Police are linking the attack on Saturday night to beer bottles being thrown at cars and houses along Halstock Close.

It happened just after midnight following a party at the village hall.

Police Constable Adam Bayliss, of Weymouth police, said: "I believe the same offenders then moved on to Preston Road where they severely damaged a Christmas tree at Chalbury Corner.

"I urge anyone who witnessed either incident or has any information about those responsible to contact police.

"Also, I would like to hear from a passer-by who was walking a small dog in the area of Chalbury Corner who may be able to assist with my enquiries. The only description I have is that he was wearing reflective trousers."

The director of Goadsby, Karen Smith, said: "We have been putting on a Christmas Event at Chalbury Corner for the past eight years called Christmas On The Green. This year it is in aid of the Weldmar charity and the event is held on Thursday 18 December 2014.

"The illuminated tree is the centrepiece to the carol singing, Father Christmas and other festivities. It has been donated by Goadsby, Chalbury Wine Stores and Trinity Street Christmas and costs the businesses approximately £300 including decorations.

"The behaviour of the offenders is mindless and ignorant and affects the wider community. In doing this the offenders not only put themselves at risk but also passers-by. We hope the behaviour of a few individuals will not affect the enjoyment of this event by the wider community."

No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 5:483. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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