Christmas tree attacked - and 100 others stolen

The Argus: Christmas tree attacked - and 100 others stolen Christmas tree attacked - and 100 others stolen

'HOT' Christmas trees could be flooding the market after more than 100 were stolen from a plantation in Sussex.

The trees were stolen from Laughton, near Lewes, on the same day the Christmas tree in The Level, Brighton, was targeted by vandals.

The festive tree’s branches and lights were wrecked by people climbing over the wooden fencing and throwing things at the tree.

The antisocial behaviour has prompted Brighton and Hove City Council to install additional CCTV cameras focused on the tree, which is opposite the new skate park.

Both incidents took place on December 3.

A sign has now been put up on the fence surrounding the tree by Brighton and Hove City Council, saying: “Keep out. The lights and tree were damaged overnight.

“If you see anyone climbing over the fence or throwing anything onto this Christmas tree report it to the police.”

The chairman of the council’s environment committee, Councillor Pete West, said: “I’m deeply disappointed that in an act of mindless vandalism someone has damaged the Christmas tree at The Level.

“However thankfully most of the lights are still working and we have reported the damage to the police.

“I’m sure the local community will also be very disappointed.

“The Level is being used a great deal now by people of all ages, and everyone is very proud of it.

“Additional CCTV cameras in the area should be operational in the next few days. These will act as a deterrent in future.”

A Sussex Police statement said: “We have recently had a report of the theft of 100 Christmas trees from a premises in Laughton.

“Remember that by purchasing stolen trees you are helping fund criminal activity.

“We would like to hear from anyone that has any information as to where these items are being sold.”

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9:01am Tue 10 Dec 13

shitegolfer says...

perhaps a job for 'special branch'??
perhaps a job for 'special branch'?? shitegolfer

10:04am Tue 10 Dec 13

tykemison says...

Lol, golfer! And more to the point, how on God's Earth are you supposed to know if a Tree is stolen?
Lol, golfer! And more to the point, how on God's Earth are you supposed to know if a Tree is stolen? tykemison

1:16pm Tue 10 Dec 13

wippasnapper says...

Ha ha now if they had implanted micro chips into the trees like they do with pets it would be no problem catching the tree fiefs but seeing’s most trees of this type look exactly the same it want be an east task identifying them.
Ha ha now if they had implanted micro chips into the trees like they do with pets it would be no problem catching the tree fiefs but seeing’s most trees of this type look exactly the same it want be an east task identifying them. wippasnapper

2:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jimbobmaginty says...

shitegolfer wrote:
perhaps a job for 'special branch'??
haha!
[quote][p][bold]shitegolfer[/bold] wrote: perhaps a job for 'special branch'??[/p][/quote]haha! jimbobmaginty

5:24pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Bristol VR says...

"A sign has now been put up on the fence surrounding the tree by Brighton and Hove City Council, saying: “Keep out.""

No expense spared there then! Do they really think that is going to stop anyone? what a nonsense!
"A sign has now been put up on the fence surrounding the tree by Brighton and Hove City Council, saying: “Keep out."" No expense spared there then! Do they really think that is going to stop anyone? what a nonsense! Bristol VR

5:42pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Start checking all Transit vans with tow bars. Who knows what else might be found too.
Start checking all Transit vans with tow bars. Who knows what else might be found too. Hove Ex-Pat

10:45pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Somedude12345 says...

Oi fancy a tree?
Oi fancy a tree? Somedude12345

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