Locals still baffled after Christmas tree cut down in Belleek

Councillor said incident was ridiculous

Michelle Nic Phaidin


Michelle Nic Phaidin


Belleek  tree

The tree as lights were switched on but it was subsequently hacked down

A Belleek-based councillor has urged anyone with information relating to a Christmas tree being cut down and a car being vandalised in the village to contact PSNI officers.
The tree was cut down after 3am on the morning of St. Stephen's Day, December 26.
The incident involving the car took place on Friday, December 28 at 6pm on Main Street, Belleek.
Members of the community took to social media and voiced their concern in relation to the Christmas tree incident. The local SDLP councillor, John Coyle described the act as ridiculous.
"It can only be described as immature," he said.

"The Christmas tree was the focal point for the community during the festive period. It really did dampen the spirit of the community."
He said that the electric wire connecting the lights on the Christmas tree was also cut: "Whoever did this could have electrocuted themselves as well. We have no idea why someone would do this."
The councillor said he couldn't be certain that the two acts of vandalism were related. He said: "Somebody could have done that when they were intoxicated."

He urged anyone with any information to call the PSNI.