Chantelle Johnson in happier times with the Santa and Mrs Claus cut-out stolen from her grandparents’ home over the weekend.
Chantelle Johnson in happier times with the Santa and Mrs Claus cut-out stolen from her grandparents’ home over the weekend. Photo Supplied

Vandals destroy festive spirit

WHEN Sue Humberdross discovered her family’s Christmas lights and decorations had been vandalised, she decided it was a bad omen for 2010.

“We’re calling it a bad start to the new year,” the Hervey Bay woman said.

“We decided to leave our lights up for the new year because we had friends coming to visit who wanted to see them.”

But when the family went outside their Urangan home on Sunday morning, they found their large cut-out of Santa and Mrs Claus had been stolen from the front fence.

Strings of lights had been pulled down, large candy canes were missing and plastic Santa displays had been smashed up, while fence palings were also damaged.

“We’re just really disappointed in the person who did it,” Ms Humberdross said.

“It’s sentimental stuff.

“The kids are upset and so are all the kids around that just really liked the Santa and Mrs Claus.”

This is not the first time vandals have lashed out against the Christmas spirit in Hervey Bay.

One ill-fated Torquay family had their lights display destroyed not once, but twice, last month and another family’s cancer charity collection box was robbed of $60.

Ms Humberdross and her husband Greg spends hundreds of dollars on sprucing up their house each year to show their Christmas spirit.

They even get their children and grandchildren to help put up the decorations.

But, she says, if things keep going the way they are, people will no longer want to put up the displays and then the town won’t feel like Christmas.

“It’s really turned us off doing it next Christmas,” she said.

“It just makes people not want to do it anymore and when you don’t have lights, you don’t have Christmas.

“There will be no Christmas here in Hervey Bay the way things are going and the children will miss out on all the joyful things.

“People need to think about what they are doing to other people’s property.”

Anyone who finds the missing decorations or who has information about the incident can contact police or Crime Stoppers.



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