Yuletide yobs have struck again - vandalising a Chorley town centre Christmas tree for the second successive year.
The damage was caused to the council-organised tree outside the former Nationwide Building Society at the top of Market Street, opposite the town hall.
Vandals pulled lights off the tree which now has to be repaired.
Last year, similar damage was done to another council tree at the bottom of the covered market on Cleveland Street.
Councillor Peter Wilson, who oversees the town centre for Chorley Council, said: “We’ve gone to a lot of trouble to light up the town making it look good for Christmas and attractive to people doing their festive shopping. So it’s extremely disappointing that a small minority of people have vandalised the tree lights to try and ruin it for the rest of the community.
“We’ve reported the damage to our contractors and we’re hoping they will be able to repair them.
“I really just don’t understand why anyone would want to damage the Christmas lights and spoil the atmosphere for others.”
Malcolm Allen, chairman of Chorley Traders Alliance, said: “They ripped half the lights off. This happened last year to the tree at the front of the covered market.
“The basic costs aren’t cheap, I think it will probably be £1,000. We have an attractive town centre with lights and trees and a minority of people ruin it for others. Is the alternative not to have any lights at all? This is the second year running, it’s a great shame. It’s a shame all this work is being done to make the town centre nice and attractive. Hopefully the people that do this stay away.”