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Berkshire man in Christmas lights row leaves UK
By Emma Midgley
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Sonning Decorations in 2005
The decorations reached their height in 2005

A Sonning man who has caused controversy with his extravagant Christmas decorations is to swap snow for swimming pools.

Vic Moszczynski has both delighted and dismayed Berkshire residents since he first started decorating his house.

In 2006 he was banned by Wokingham District Council from putting up his full range of Christmas decorations for three years.

Now he is to move abroad to California in order to find work in IT.

Charity collection

His display attracted hundreds of visitors to his home and required the council to spend £7,455 on police and warden patrols in the area over the Christmas period.

The council also said the displays caused "a substantial rise in crime and anti-social behaviour as well as disruption, annoyance and harassment to the surrounding community".

Mr Moszczynski decorated his house in 2009 after the ban expired, but said he never again reached the heights of his 2005 display.

He said he had spent £20,000 on the decorations over 20 years, spending £400 every Christmas on extra electricity for his lights over a five week period.

The decorations also raised £55,000 for charities such as Cancer Research and Daisy's Dream, according to the 54-year-old IT engineer.

Mr Moszczynski said he started doing the lights when his daughter, now 23, was born.

"My kids used to help me put them up," he said.

He said he was not moving to California "out of choice" but for a job. He also said that he would not be putting up his Christmas decorations in his new home.

"It will all be swimming pools out there," he said.

Mr Moszczynski also said he hoped to return to a different part of Berkshire if the job market improved.

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