Norwich’s new Christmas lights attraction reopens after vandals cut wires - police appeal

The 60-metre long tunnel of light on Hay Hill. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The 60-metre long tunnel of light on Hay Hill. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A new Christmas lights attraction in Norwich is back up and running today after vandals cut its wires.

Norwich Tunnel of Light in dark while it's repaired.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Tunnel of Light in dark while it's repaired.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The Tunnel of Light on Hay Hill, in the city centre, was closed to visitors on Wednesday night and Thursday morning after technical faults.

Last night it emerged that the problems were likely to have been caused by vandals, who appear to have cut wires that connect lights in the tunnel.

But the tunnel was back up and running by Thursday afternoon, with security stepped up to prevent further damage.

Police have now launched an appeal for information about the incident, which thye believe took place between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday.


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Stefan Gurney, executive director of Norwich Business Improvement District - which runs the display - said: 'The public reaction to the Tunnel of Light has exceeded all our expectations and we are delighted that thousands of people have enjoyed it so far and can continue to do so until January 5 next year.'

Last night, Mr Gurney said: 'People appear to have cut several wires in different places.

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'We have spoken to the police and are working to make sure we reduce the impact of what has happened.

'We want to get the tunnel up and running again as soon as possible.'

He said it was disappointing that the wires had been cut as the festive attraction was put in place for the enjoyment of people in the city.

The tunnel opened earlier this month and consists of more than 50,000 pulsating LED beams of light which aims to create a pattern of the Northern Lights. It was inspired by a theme park in Japan and measures 45m in length, 6m in width, and 4m in height.

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