Vandals target Norfolk’s most Christmas-spirited cul-de-sac

Graham Rudd stands with some of the dispalys. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Graham Rudd stands with some of the dispalys. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A street which could fairly be described as Norfolk's most Christmas-spirited cul-de-sac has been targeted by vandals.

Some of the lights displays at Paget Adams Drive in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Some of the lights displays at Paget Adams Drive in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

For the last 15 years almost every home on Paget Adams Drive, Dereham has been lit up with spectacular festive lights in the lead up to Christmas. An annual carol service on the street, raising money for the Salvation Army, has attracted as many as 400 people.

Wires to lights at two properties have been cut.

It is believed this happened some time between 7pm and 10.30pm on Saturday.

It is the first time vandals have targeted the street's Christmas lights display.

Some of the lights displays at Paget Adams Drive in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Some of the lights displays at Paget Adams Drive in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.


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One of the residents who was targeted, who did not wish to be named, said: 'I just can't believe that anyone would think it's okay to do something like this.

'It takes the magic out of Christmas and it makes me wonder if we should bother next year.

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'This is done to raise money for a good cause and to bring people joy.

'The displays bring big crowds to the street and it makes my day to see the smiles on the kids' faces when they see it all.

Some of the lights displays at Paget Adams Drive in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Some of the lights displays at Paget Adams Drive in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

'This is a really close-knit community and I'm proud to be part of this street, where everyone makes such an effort.'

Paget Adams Drive resident Graham Rudd, 73, said: 'I have no idea why anyone would do something like this.

'I've asked if people want it reported to the police, but nobody does. Everyone just wants to move on.'

He added: 'The lights display all started with one household making the effort in 2000 and a few others followed. The following year just about every household on the street had a display and it's gone from there.

'Now we get really big crowds of people coming out to see it.

'It would be a shame if this does disrupt the display next year - I really hope it doesn't.'

The carol service, raising money for the Salvation Army, will go ahead at 7pm on Friday.

People can enjoy mulled wine and minced pies.

What do you think? Send your views to EDPLetters@archant.co.uk or write to The Letters Editor, EDP, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

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