BROADFORD police and Mitchell Shire Council are appealing to the public for information to come forward regarding the vandalism of the town’s Christmas tree, which had only been erected days prior to the incident.

On November 21 at 6.23am, an unknown male offender snapped the trunk of the Christmas tree at Broadford Memorial Park, bringing it to the ground.

The man also stole the gold star from the top before running away.

Council has temporality fixed the tree, although the potential to be able to use it again in the future looks unlikely.

Estimated damaged caused is about $5000.

Sergeant-in-charge at Broadford police Rhonda Coates said the vandalism had saddened many of the town’s residents, especially as Christmas this year was a time many have been looking forward to.

“Broadford police, as are many of our community are extremely saddened by the senseless vandalism done to the Christmas tree, which had been erected by Mitchell Shire Council only days earlier,” she said.

“This vandalism has impacted heavily on many members in the community, especially considering the recent hardships we have all had to endure during the COVID pandemic and restrictions.” 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Broadford police on 5784 1404 or can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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