Vandals attack Christmas tree in Rishton

Blackburn Citizen: COUN JUDITH ADDISON COUN JUDITH ADDISON

A CHRISTMAS tree in Rishton was vandalised just hours after the lights were switched on.

Two six-feet-tall trees were planted last month in a bid to cut the cost of Christmas and were branded ‘laughable’ by some residents.

Now councillors are facing a repair bill after lighting cables were ripped out of an electrical junction box at the tree in Parker Street, where Hyndburn mayor Judith Addison and MP Graham Jones had earlier attended a switch-on.

Local councillor, Ken Moss said he was driving home at 10am on Friday night, less than four hours later, and saw the lights off.

He said: “I’m disappointed it happened and I felt gutted. We have taken a lot of flak over the tree but when it was lit up, everybody said how nice it looked.

“The mayor said it was the nicest tree in Hyndburn so for somebody to come and do that smacks to me of, ‘this is what I think of the council’s tree’.

“It makes me feel sad that somebody in the town felt that strongly, they want to spoil it for everybody else.”

Coun Moss said locals had already come forward with suspects’ names, and said he hopes CCTV in the vicinity will catch the vandal in the act.

He said: “Not a lot gets to me, I have to say, but this did.”

Deputy leader of Hyndburn Council, Coun Clare Pritchard, said: “I think it’s dismaying. Other people go to a lot of trouble to plant these trees and then others see fit to wreck their good work.

“It’s the people of Rishton that lose out, nobody else, and it’s a shame.

“But we won’t let it dampen our Christmas spirit.”

Engineers were called to fix the lights, but a police spokesman yesterday said they had no record of the crime being reported.

Residents with information about the vandalism can call police on 101, or report it anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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2:30pm Tue 3 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

Bah Humbug!!!
Bah Humbug!!! HarryBosch

3:42pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Elegant1 says...

It doesn't surprise me in the slightest! People are having their benefits cut and prices are rising so fast that the poor are finding it hard to manage their budgets. Food banks are proliferating and they are begging for donations to keep up with demand on their services. Don't the Council see the anomaly in the cancelling of the Grit bags through the winter and wasting moneys that should be allocated elsewhere, other than a few twinkling lights lighting the way home for councillor Ken Moss?
It doesn't surprise me in the slightest! People are having their benefits cut and prices are rising so fast that the poor are finding it hard to manage their budgets. Food banks are proliferating and they are begging for donations to keep up with demand on their services. Don't the Council see the anomaly in the cancelling of the Grit bags through the winter and wasting moneys that should be allocated elsewhere, other than a few twinkling lights lighting the way home for councillor Ken Moss? Elegant1

11:21am Thu 5 Dec 13

Cllr Ken Moss says...

The grit bags have hardly been take up in great numbers and we found ourselves with a several thousand left over last year at a considerable cost. It is not financially viable to keep spending tens of thousands on something few people use.

In query to your statement, where exactly are we wasting money? I would genuinely be pleased to hear your comments.
The grit bags have hardly been take up in great numbers and we found ourselves with a several thousand left over last year at a considerable cost. It is not financially viable to keep spending tens of thousands on something few people use. In query to your statement, where exactly are we wasting money? I would genuinely be pleased to hear your comments. Cllr Ken Moss

2:03pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Davelyn says...

Maybe councillor Moss the money you save from the grit bags could go towards the bus shelter you have been promising the residents of the lower half of Rishton for well over 12 months now. The poor OAP's still have to stand unprotected at the bus stop in all weathers. I did notice that one was effected though on Blackburn Rd. Were most households have at least two cars and very rarely catch a bus. VOTE UKIP.
Maybe councillor Moss the money you save from the grit bags could go towards the bus shelter you have been promising the residents of the lower half of Rishton for well over 12 months now. The poor OAP's still have to stand unprotected at the bus stop in all weathers. I did notice that one was effected though on Blackburn Rd. Were most households have at least two cars and very rarely catch a bus. VOTE UKIP. Davelyn

4:05pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Cllr Ken Moss says...

We've had this discussion before and I have made no such promise. I set aside the money in 2010, we had a public consultation to which all residents were invited and eleven people turned up, all of whom voted against.

I have been completely transparent in everything I have done during my time on the Council, it isn't my problem if people choose to read something crooked into them.
We've had this discussion before and I have made no such promise. I set aside the money in 2010, we had a public consultation to which all residents were invited and eleven people turned up, all of whom voted against. I have been completely transparent in everything I have done during my time on the Council, it isn't my problem if people choose to read something crooked into them. Cllr Ken Moss

5:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Davelyn says...

I'm sorry but I think you are getting a little confused. That meeting was about the postbox or lack of it. My mother and father ( 92&88 ) assure me that you promised a bus shelter to the people in the Center. They have quite a number of witnesses to this. But I will inform them and the members of the center that you made no such promise and they are reading something crooked into what was said. I am sure it will be commented on the next time you op in for a cup of tea. A bus shelter was erected at the Esplanade at this time.
I'm sorry but I think you are getting a little confused. That meeting was about the postbox or lack of it. My mother and father ( 92&88 ) assure me that you promised a bus shelter to the people in the Center. They have quite a number of witnesses to this. But I will inform them and the members of the center that you made no such promise and they are reading something crooked into what was said. I am sure it will be commented on the next time you op in for a cup of tea. A bus shelter was erected at the Esplanade at this time. Davelyn

6:22pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Cllr Ken Moss says...

Again, no I did not and since I know your parents quite well they are aware of what went on with both the Hermitage Street and esplanade bus shelters. They did not seem in any way confused.

There was a public meeting regarding the post box to drum up support and get a petition going but this was an entirely separate event. Again, leaflets were circulated and the event was widely publicised but again it was relatively poorly attended.

I would ask you not to try and rewrite history to show me lying when documented evidence proves otherwise. I rarely make promises because they are almost impossible to guarantee, life changes all the time, and everything which you have mentioned has been documented on Rishton First, my blogspot since February 2010.

The simple fact remains that despite extensive advertising of all Rishton events you are never seen at any public meetings. I would invite you to the next Area Council meeting to vent your spleen at me in public and see how many attendees share your view.
Again, no I did not and since I know your parents quite well they are aware of what went on with both the Hermitage Street and esplanade bus shelters. They did not seem in any way confused. There was a public meeting regarding the post box to drum up support and get a petition going but this was an entirely separate event. Again, leaflets were circulated and the event was widely publicised but again it was relatively poorly attended. I would ask you not to try and rewrite history to show me lying when documented evidence proves otherwise. I rarely make promises because they are almost impossible to guarantee, life changes all the time, and everything which you have mentioned has been documented on Rishton First, my blogspot since February 2010. The simple fact remains that despite extensive advertising of all Rishton events you are never seen at any public meetings. I would invite you to the next Area Council meeting to vent your spleen at me in public and see how many attendees share your view. Cllr Ken Moss

7:59pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Davelyn says...

Cllr. Moss The simple fact is the bus shelter is not there. As for my mother and father I doubt very much that you really know them and if anyone is confused its you, but I shall let them know that you are concerned for them.
I have just spoken to my father and he said that in 2010 you even quoted a price for the cost of the bus shelter, but maybe he was confused about that as well. As for me attending functions that is my prerogative. Have you considered that it may be you and your false promises why people don't attend. To quote you only 11 people turned up at the Gardeners for this meeting. If you put half the amount of effort into having the bus shelter erected as you have in writing this it would have been built along time ago.
Still if you don't believe me just come down to the bus stop on a few cold wet mornings about 10.00 am and see what people say to you then.

Vote UKIP
Cllr. Moss The simple fact is the bus shelter is not there. As for my mother and father I doubt very much that you really know them and if anyone is confused its you, but I shall let them know that you are concerned for them. I have just spoken to my father and he said that in 2010 you even quoted a price for the cost of the bus shelter, but maybe he was confused about that as well. As for me attending functions that is my prerogative. Have you considered that it may be you and your false promises why people don't attend. To quote you only 11 people turned up at the Gardeners for this meeting. If you put half the amount of effort into having the bus shelter erected as you have in writing this it would have been built along time ago. Still if you don't believe me just come down to the bus stop on a few cold wet mornings about 10.00 am and see what people say to you then. Vote UKIP Davelyn

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