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Vandals warned after Xmas tree attack

PUBLISHED: 13:24 21 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

VANDALS have targeted The Evening Star Christmas tree in Ipswich town centre.

Four teenage girls were seen by a member of the public slashing a banner near the tree, which is located on the Cornhill, just after 8pm yesterday.

VANDALS have targeted The Evening Star Christmas tree in Ipswich town centre.

Four teenage girls were seen by a member of the public slashing a banner near the tree, which is located on the Cornhill, just after 8pm yesterday.

The girls are described as black and aged about 13.

Austen Dack, Evening Star brand manager, said: "Anybody who is around the tree and wants to do that type of thing to it will be caught on CCTV .

"It costs a lot of money to get a tree like that up in the town and it gives a lot of people a great deal of enjoyment. If you want to touch it or damage it you will be seen and caught."

The tree, which comes from Rendlesham Forest, forms the focal point of the town's Christmas lights, which were switched on by BBC weather girl Julie Reinger last week.

If anybody witnessed the incident they are asked to contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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