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Family’s ‘cheery’ Christmas lights vandalised while they slept

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A Bristol family has been left ‘disheartened’ after their outdoor Christmas lights were cut during the night while they were sleeping.

Theresa Hurst from Bradley Stoke, said her family decided to put the lights up so their customers could have a “cheerier and brighter experience” while collecting their orders from their family-run bakery.

“It’s usually a really quiet street as it’s a dead end on the outskirts and our street is otherwise quite dimly lit,” she added.

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Theresa, the head baker at The Biscuit Castle, said the lights were up for one night and sabotaged the following day.

“I wish someone would’ve just knocked on the door and asked us to turn them off,” she added.

“The wire was cut right near the window where the cable goes in through to the socket.”



The black cable was peg down on the grass outside the family’s home

She does not believe the damage was caused by an animal as it had a perfectly clean-cut.

Even though the lights had not been interfered with, she is hopeful that it was just an isolated incident by youths and not someone who lives a stone’s throw away.

It was also nowhere near the light, so not like they were playing with them.

“It actually made me feel genuinely sad and disheartened with the way society is now,” she said.

“We used tent pegs to pin the cable down into the lawn as well,” she said.



Mrs Hurst with her husband and their children

Mrs Hurst said the Lidl brought lights costs £17 and would have sold out relatively quickly should they have needed a new set.

Fortunately, her handy husband James managed to fix the damaged wire after learning to repair broken items around their home during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Mrs Hurst said only after it was repaired, they realised it came with a remote control to set the level of brightness.

Even though she is keen to dd a further set of Christmas lights, she is concerned they might be vandalised again.

For now, the family has kept the brightness to a minimum and is set to switch on between 4pm and 10pm.

“So far they have since survived,” she added.

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