Nov 22 2012 by David Baker, Harrow Observer
‘MINDLESS’ vandals have been slammed for attacking festive lights in Harrow town centre just days after they were put up.
The light garden, at the corner of St Ann’s Road and Station Road, by Katie’s Statue, was put up to mark Diwali, Al-hijra, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year, last week.
But within a matter of days vandals had pulled down one of the snowdrops – making its second appearance in the town centre after such positive feedback last year.
Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration and planning, Councillor Keith Ferry condemned the act.
He said: “Our unique eye-catching light garden is a perfect way to mark Diwali and brings a smile and festive cheer to town centre shoppers.
“This mindless act of vandalism is abhorrent and we have reported it to the police.
“Thankfully we were able to quickly make good the damage so visitors to our vibrant town centre can continue to enjoy the fabulous display.”
Just yards from the display a street tree outside Tesco Express was targeted and snapped in half.
Greenhill ward Councillor Sue Anderson added: “It is a shame when people behave this way. Street trees and decorative lights bring pleasure to residents and visitors alike. Attracting visitors to the town centre is really important to help local retailers and maintain jobs.”
The police confirmed the matter had been reported.