Stanthorpe's Christmas tree has been damaged.
Stanthorpe's Christmas tree has been damaged. Liana Turner

Man charged after Christmas tree destroyed

UPDATE:  

POLICE have charged a man with damaging Stanthorpe's Christmas tree. 

The Stanthorpe man, 19, was charged with wilful damage after the tree was vandalised at 2.34am Sunday. 

Stanthorpe Police senior sergeant Mark Ireland said a woman, 24, was also expected to be charged. 

He said officers speaking to witnesses and viewing CCTV footage led to the charge. 

The man is expected to face Stanthorpe Magistrates Court in the new year. 

Initial report:

IT APPEARS there's been a crime against Christmas in Stanthorpe.

The town awoke to find the Christmas tree, which was recently erected by Southern Downs Regional Council, bent in half.

It's not the first time Stanthorpe's Christmas tree has been damaged, after the 2014 tree was climbed and vandalised.

Signs at the tree warn would-be vandals against damaging it, as there is a CCTV camera nearby.

The council and Stanthorpe police have been approached for comment.

The vandalism comes after a similar incident in Tara.

Tara's first ever Christmas tree was vandalised at the weekend but has been repaired.
Tara's first ever Christmas tree was vandalised at the weekend but has been repaired. Julia Baker

Vandals damaged the brand new Christmas Tree in Grevillea Park last weekend.

It is the first time the Tara community has had a public Christmas tree.

The Western Downs Regional Council later repaired the tree.

A council spokesperson said a teenager from Tara damaged the tree and had been dealt with by police.

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