Heartbreak after “despicable” vandals rip lights from hospice’s memorial Christmas tree

Bournemouth Echo: ANGRY: Lucy Cooper and Maria Tidy with the tree attacked by vandals ANGRY: Lucy Cooper and Maria Tidy with the tree attacked by vandals

A DESPICABLE act of vandalism has seen twinkling lights ripped from a hospice Christmas tree bearing the names of lost loved ones.

Lewis-Manning Hospice’s Tree of Lights, which stands as a remembrance for hundreds of people whose loss is felt more deeply at this time of year, has been dimmed.

Stars bearing the names of much-loved relatives and friends were found on the ground and branches ripped from the 16ft tree at Ashley Cross green.

“It’s just heart wrenching when you consider this is here in memory of people past,” said hospice fundraising manager Maria Tidy. “It’s just really sad.”

Two sets of 480 flashing lights had adorned the tree and a single strip high up was still lit yesterday morning as upset hospice staff and supporters surveyed the damage.

The tree had been in place since November 29 and a well-attended event was held to launch the Tree of Lights, attended by guests including Fiona Castle and Poole Mayor, Cllr Phil Eades, with the switch-on carried out by hospice patient Elaine Sibley.

It was sponsored by Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce and president Lucy Cooper said: “This year’s event was the best and most well attended. It was a really lovely event.

“For someone to have done this, it’s such a sad reflection of people’s behaviour.”

The tree was supplied by Continental Landscapes and Homebase at Branksome donated the lights.

“It is so sad that the lovely tree has been damaged in such a dreadful way,” said the charity’s chief executive officer Elizabeth Purcell.

“So many people have helped in many ways to have this tree which marks hope and reflection for the whole community.”

Cllr Eades said: “I’m outraged that someone could do that. It almost defies belief.

“I feel very sorry for the people who put their memories on the tree and for Lewis-Manning staff who work so hard to try and help people come to terms with what for many will be their first Christmas without their loved ones.”

The tree with its banner explaining its purpose has been at the green for the past two years and this is the first time it has been vandalised. The police have been informed

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7:04am Thu 12 Dec 13

Bournemouth100 says...

Another example of low life scum in Broken Britain.
Another example of low life scum in Broken Britain. Bournemouth100

7:09am Thu 12 Dec 13

Alumchiner says...

Ashley Cross, late at night, drunks...it was always going to happen
Ashley Cross, late at night, drunks...it was always going to happen Alumchiner

7:54am Thu 12 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

Filthy, sick plebs!!!!
Filthy, sick plebs!!!! Controversial But True

8:00am Thu 12 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Im sure we can all think of labels for these cretins but are they worth even a second of our time? I think not.
Im sure we can all think of labels for these cretins but are they worth even a second of our time? I think not. retry69

8:03am Thu 12 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

Until they make a minimum of 12 months in the army as part of any sentence when caught,these retards think respect is just a word.
Until they make a minimum of 12 months in the army as part of any sentence when caught,these retards think respect is just a word. BIGTONE

8:11am Thu 12 Dec 13

Carolyn43 says...

I actually feel sorry for whoever did this - they must be so mentally deficient that they need treatment. What miserable, disgusting excuses for human beings they are.
I actually feel sorry for whoever did this - they must be so mentally deficient that they need treatment. What miserable, disgusting excuses for human beings they are. Carolyn43

8:12am Thu 12 Dec 13

echor23 says...

It's about time these yobs got a mummy and daddy to teach them right from wrong. Pity them for they are truely pathetic and have nothing hence have no option but to create cruel acts like this. With all the christmas vandalism going in in guessing its a bunch of kids who won't be having a christmas so they are riddled with jealousy and bitterness!
It's about time these yobs got a mummy and daddy to teach them right from wrong. Pity them for they are truely pathetic and have nothing hence have no option but to create cruel acts like this. With all the christmas vandalism going in in guessing its a bunch of kids who won't be having a christmas so they are riddled with jealousy and bitterness! echor23

9:00am Thu 12 Dec 13

JustForPoole says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Until they make a minimum of 12 months in the army as part of any sentence when caught,these retards think respect is just a word.
Whilst I understand where you are coming from we cannot let these scum near the Armed Forces. Could you imagine being in Afghanistan, on patrol, with one of these watching your back???? These selfish cowardly scum would run a mile and leave you unprotected. Sorry but we have the best troops in the world and we cannot lower the standard!!!
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Until they make a minimum of 12 months in the army as part of any sentence when caught,these retards think respect is just a word.[/p][/quote]Whilst I understand where you are coming from we cannot let these scum near the Armed Forces. Could you imagine being in Afghanistan, on patrol, with one of these watching your back???? These selfish cowardly scum would run a mile and leave you unprotected. Sorry but we have the best troops in the world and we cannot lower the standard!!! JustForPoole

9:04am Thu 12 Dec 13

Tig says...

What a shame, I was only looking at the tree on Tuesday. Also took some photos.
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People have no respect these days.
What a shame, I was only looking at the tree on Tuesday. Also took some photos. . People have no respect these days. Tig

9:15am Thu 12 Dec 13

Wackerone says...

echor23 wrote:
It's about time these yobs got a mummy and daddy to teach them right from wrong. Pity them for they are truely pathetic and have nothing hence have no option but to create cruel acts like this. With all the christmas vandalism going in in guessing its a bunch of kids who won't be having a christmas so they are riddled with jealousy and bitterness!
Their parents are probably scum and their grandparents before them. As the previous poster stated, just another example of broken Britain which gets worse by the generation.
[quote][p][bold]echor23[/bold] wrote: It's about time these yobs got a mummy and daddy to teach them right from wrong. Pity them for they are truely pathetic and have nothing hence have no option but to create cruel acts like this. With all the christmas vandalism going in in guessing its a bunch of kids who won't be having a christmas so they are riddled with jealousy and bitterness![/p][/quote]Their parents are probably scum and their grandparents before them. As the previous poster stated, just another example of broken Britain which gets worse by the generation. Wackerone

9:16am Thu 12 Dec 13

contric says...

the birch
the birch contric

9:42am Thu 12 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

I read the comments about National Service but why should we put dirt bags in amongst our fine brave servicemen and women.

Our forces are made up of the highest people of bravery and not the lowest of cowardice.

Get a boot camp with some retired Coloured Sergeants in charge and that will sort them out.
I read the comments about National Service but why should we put dirt bags in amongst our fine brave servicemen and women. Our forces are made up of the highest people of bravery and not the lowest of cowardice. Get a boot camp with some retired Coloured Sergeants in charge and that will sort them out. politicaltrainspotter

9:46am Thu 12 Dec 13

JustForPoole says...

contric wrote:
the birch
Totally agree ... but doubt if the European Court of Human Rights would!!!!! The Isle of Man was almost crime free until they were stopped from using the birch.
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: the birch[/p][/quote]Totally agree ... but doubt if the European Court of Human Rights would!!!!! The Isle of Man was almost crime free until they were stopped from using the birch. JustForPoole

10:28am Thu 12 Dec 13

goatty says...

Total cowardly scum. When caught they should be paraded around the town and then publicly birched. See if they are so brave then.
Total cowardly scum. When caught they should be paraded around the town and then publicly birched. See if they are so brave then. goatty

4:05pm Thu 12 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

JustForPoole wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Until they make a minimum of 12 months in the army as part of any sentence when caught,these retards think respect is just a word.
Whilst I understand where you are coming from we cannot let these scum near the Armed Forces. Could you imagine being in Afghanistan, on patrol, with one of these watching your back???? These selfish cowardly scum would run a mile and leave you unprotected. Sorry but we have the best troops in the world and we cannot lower the standard!!!
No No No........we send them upfront not the back.
What's the technical word for them? Errrrrrr..........go
t it!
Mine sweepers.
[quote][p][bold]JustForPoole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Until they make a minimum of 12 months in the army as part of any sentence when caught,these retards think respect is just a word.[/p][/quote]Whilst I understand where you are coming from we cannot let these scum near the Armed Forces. Could you imagine being in Afghanistan, on patrol, with one of these watching your back???? These selfish cowardly scum would run a mile and leave you unprotected. Sorry but we have the best troops in the world and we cannot lower the standard!!![/p][/quote]No No No........we send them upfront not the back. What's the technical word for them? Errrrrrr..........go t it! Mine sweepers. BIGTONE

4:11pm Thu 12 Dec 13

JustForPoole says...

BIGTONE wrote:
JustForPoole wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Until they make a minimum of 12 months in the army as part of any sentence when caught,these retards think respect is just a word.
Whilst I understand where you are coming from we cannot let these scum near the Armed Forces. Could you imagine being in Afghanistan, on patrol, with one of these watching your back???? These selfish cowardly scum would run a mile and leave you unprotected. Sorry but we have the best troops in the world and we cannot lower the standard!!!
No No No........we send them upfront not the back.
What's the technical word for them? Errrrrrr..........go

t it!
Mine sweepers.
Yes .... agree with that !!!
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JustForPoole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Until they make a minimum of 12 months in the army as part of any sentence when caught,these retards think respect is just a word.[/p][/quote]Whilst I understand where you are coming from we cannot let these scum near the Armed Forces. Could you imagine being in Afghanistan, on patrol, with one of these watching your back???? These selfish cowardly scum would run a mile and leave you unprotected. Sorry but we have the best troops in the world and we cannot lower the standard!!![/p][/quote]No No No........we send them upfront not the back. What's the technical word for them? Errrrrrr..........go t it! Mine sweepers.[/p][/quote]Yes .... agree with that !!! JustForPoole

4:15pm Thu 12 Dec 13

baylin says...

This will be a bunch of kids wondering the streets after dark what do their parents think they are up to.
This will be a bunch of kids wondering the streets after dark what do their parents think they are up to. baylin

7:46pm Thu 12 Dec 13

madras says...

Deserve to have their own 'baubles' ripped off!
Deserve to have their own 'baubles' ripped off! madras

10:44am Sun 15 Dec 13

paul.p says...

They're humans that don't know the rules...it'll always happen if they're not told what they can and can't do spiritually and psychologically.

Watch some videos by a man called George Carlin and he'll tell you all about why this happens....
They're humans that don't know the rules...it'll always happen if they're not told what they can and can't do spiritually and psychologically. Watch some videos by a man called George Carlin and he'll tell you all about why this happens.... paul.p

10:46am Sun 15 Dec 13

paul.p says...

NB: George Carlin is not for the faint hearted among you.
NB: George Carlin is not for the faint hearted among you. paul.p

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