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Northern Ireland village left without Christmas tree after vandalism attack

A Co Armagh town has been left without a Christmas tree after a vandalism attack saw it removed over safety concerns.

The tree in Bessbrook village was almost sawn in half forcing the council to step in and remove it. It is understood the village's tree has been attacked in previous years.

Residents expressed their concerns.

"Thanks to the ones who destroyed the Christmas Tree once again," said the local community association.

"Thanks to you mindless vandals it looks like Bessbrook will have no tree this year. You must be so proud of yourselves as must your parents."

The group has asked for the community's suggestions on if the tree should be replaced.

Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Roisin Mulgrew described the incident “absolute wanton vandalism,” saying locals have been left very angry. She said there were concerns if it was replaced it would be attacked again.

She urged anyone with information to contact police.

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