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AXMINSTER: Decorations stolen from Christmas tree

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Thieves and vandals have continued to target town council features in Axminster.
Mayor Jeremy Walden told fellow councillors: "I despair at times."
Since two Christmas trees intended for use at the Guildhall were felled and chopped up at the allotment site in Woodbury Park, it has been revealed that decorations have been stolen from the Christmas tree next to South Street car park, and that plants have been taken from Minster Green.
Axminster Town Council met on Monday December 9th and councillor Paul Hayward reported that attempts to "glitz up the Christmas tree" had been hampered by the theft of decorations less than 24 hours after they had been put in place.
Councillor Sue Spiller said: "There is a lot of criticism about a lack of effort (from the council), but someone out there is ready to spoil it."
It was also reported that bulbs planted on Minster Green in November had been dug up and removed.
About the Christmas trees that were cut up, Councillor Walden said that he could understand, to an extent, why someone would want to steal them. But he was at a total loss to understand why someone would simply destroy them. Summing up the overall situation he said: "I despair at times."
No name was mentioned, but Councillor John Jeffery praised a local company for the part it played in providing replacement trees.

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