THE Christmas tree in St Thomas' Square, Newport, has been vandalised — just after the lights were switched on.

Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council posted on Facebook: "The Christmas tree in St Thomas' Square was unfortunately vandalised after Saturday's lights switch-on and the lights are sadly not working at the moment.

"We are awaiting a replacement part, which should be arriving soon, and hope to get the lights back on ready for Newport's late night shopping evenings."

As reported, the lights were switched on by Pippa the polar bear at a carnival event on Saturday.

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