Street pulls plug on lights
THE Grinch must be alive and well in Evans Head as the very popular Christmas lights display in Rosewood Pl won't be turned on this year.
Residents of the normally quiet cul-de-sac are fed up with the theft and damage in their neighbourhood and have decided to make a stand.
"It started last Christmas with break-ins of our cars where laptops, iPods and GPSs were stolen," resident Jill Townsend said.
"Then, progressively over the last eight months, solar lights from our gardens kept disappearing."
Judy Thomas, who lives opposite Ms Townsend, said eggs were thrown at her house twice in one week a month ago. An egg was even thrown through the open front door.
Ms Townsend's daughters, Kate, 11, and Emily, 8, lost their netball hoop after it was taken by thieves from the front yard.
Some of the lights and the netball hoop were discovered not long after two blocks away.
The residents of last year's winning street in the Light Up Evans Head Christmas competition are now saying "enough is enough".
"We decided we just can't trust anyone," Ms Thomas said.
The residents are concerned they would lose many of their Christmas lights from their gardens so have decided not to put any out this year.
"It's very sad as I have been doing (the Christmas lights) for 12 years," resident Janet Payne said.
The Townsends said they had been putting out festive lights for 10 years and another resident, Faye Thompson, said she had done so for nine years.
All the residents agreed it would be a great loss to the community, especially the children.
"We did it for the pleasure it gave the kids," Ms Townsend said.
Ms Payne said her family home would probably have lights in the windows, but there wouldn't be any lights in the gardens.
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