SHERBORNE town’s festive display sat in darkness this week after vandals wrecked the Cheap Street Christmas tree.
On Friday at around 6.15pm it is claimed the top of the tree, in The Parade, was snapped off. Light cables were also broken, plunging the tree into darkness.
The tree is donated free of charge annually by the Sherborne Castle Estate, and is decorated by the Rotary Club of Sherborne.
Rotarian John House, who helped clear up the damage, said: “The tree took a lot of time to assemble but it only took hooligans a few minutes to ruin.”
Mr House said the damage to the tree lights, donated by Sherborne Chamber of Trade and Commerce, would cost hundreds of pounds to repair.
He said: “Previously the Conduit crib scene has been damaged but we’ve never had this extent of vandalism to the tree.”
Mr House said he felt a lack of police presence in Sherborne meant incidents were not being prevented.
No one from Dorset Police was available for comment when the Western Gazette went to press.