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Enniskillen's main Christmas tree damaged by vandals

The Christmas tree in Enniskillen was damaged by vandals in the early hours of Monday 
John Monaghan

LIGHTS on the main Christmas tree in Enniskillen have been damaged by vandals who also broke decorations and branches.

Police said they were investigating the damage which took place in the early hours of Monday.

The official council tree is located in the Diamond area of Enniskillen, where the lights were switched on a little more than a week ago.

The Diamond is a popular spot for people to gather after a night out and is understood to be monitored by CCTV.

In a Facebook post, the PSNI said: "The Christmas tree was vandalised and numerous decorations broken, lights torn down and branches on the tree broken off.

"One of the light displays was also damaged and the parts were located in Eden Street car park.

"The elves working hard at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have spent a lot of time and effort trying to decorate the town and bring a festive feeling to Enniskillen.

"We at the police station don't take kindly to anyone trying to be a Grinch and ruin Christmas!"

Sinn Féin councillor Debbie Coyle said the attack on the tree was "childish and reckless".

Ms Coyle told The Irish News: "I can't get into the head of somebody who would find any pleasure in doing that. I have never heard of it being damaged before."

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