Iris Keen comforts granddaughter Emily Taylor, 10, as mum Karen Stevenson and Skye Taylor, 13, show the Christmas-time vandals how they feel about the destruction of their display.
Iris Keen comforts granddaughter Emily Taylor, 10, as mum Karen Stevenson and Skye Taylor, 13, show the Christmas-time vandals how they feel about the destruction of their display. Daniel Tweed

Vandals destroy Christmas display

IT IS an insult that has destroyed a Hervey Bay family’s Christmas and crushed their festive spirit.

A display of fairy lights, candy canes and reindeers at a home on Colyton Street, Torquay, has been completely destroyed by vandals.

A Christmas tree in the front yard has been knocked over, Santa is lying on his side, candy canes scatter the grass, angels are covered in dirt and even gnomes have their faces in mud.

Reindeer lights have been cut, stars have been pulled off other lights and fibre optic cables have been slashed.

And it all happened on Tuesday night.

To add insult to injury it is the second time this festive season the Christmas display has been torn apart.

“It’s depressing and Christmas is supposed to be a happy time,” said homeowner Iris Keen.

Ms Keen shares her home with her four grandchildren, who helped set up the display.

The children’s mother, Karen Stevenson, and her husband, Kevin, have been visiting for Christmas and lighting up the house every night in the lead up to tomorrow.

Ms Stevenson discovered the vandalism yesterday morning and was heartbroken.

“What’s the point?” she said of decorating the home.

“They’ve bent reindeers, destroyed the nativity scene completely and cut all the lights.

“My 16-year-old is very angry; my younger ones are just devastated and can’t work out why someone would do this and for a second time.”

The family’s home was also targeted on November 28 in a similar night attack.

This time, however, the damage was much worse.

The Christmas display is being taken down ahead of Christmas Day to salvage what decorations are left, however daughter Rebecca-Leigh Taylor, 15, will continue to dress up as Santa and hand out candy canes.

The family has put up a sign in the front yard telling neighbours about their misfortune.

“We’re just so over Christmas. We say Jesus is the reason for the season and we won’t give up hope. But we’ve given up hope,” Ms Stevenson said.



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