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Vandals attack nativity display

Nativity scene
The display is the centrepiece of the village's Christmas lights

Creators of a Christmas nativity display in Cornwall say they are sickened after the latest in a series of attacks by vandals.

Life-size figures are put up each year in a mock stable on St Pirans Road, the main road through the seaside village of Perranporth.

Vandals have now ripped off the head of one of the three kings. In the past, baby Jesus was found in a stream.

The head has now been restored to its original state by organisers.

'Rise above'

Viv Hill, one of the display organisers, said: "It puts you off doing anything for the village.

"But we must rise above this. We have before and we will again."

He said he feared a metal fence could have to be built around it to protect the nativity scene in future years.

"People come from all over Cornwall to see our lights," he said.

"This is a centrepiece of the Christmas lights and for it to be spoiled is to spoil it for everybody."

Linda Whitford, manager of Perran Bay home, which helps raise money for the display, said: "It's very disappointing when people have put a lot of effort in."

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