POLICE are investigating after the Christmas tree donated to Stourport Memorial Park was pulled down by vandals overnight.

The tree, which had been donated by Cook's Garden Centre, was pulled down and the lights destroyed some time on Thursday night (November 26).

Stourport Town Council posted on Facebook to say the "idiots" behind the vandalism had "spoilt it for everyone else".

Posting photographs of the damaged tree, the council said: "Thank you to the idiots who have destroyed our Christmas tree, lights and electrics in Lickhill War Memorial Park overnight. You have spoilt it for everyone else!"

Stourport Safer Neighbourhood Team assured residents it would be "taking this report seriously" and appealed to the public for information to help officers find those responsible.

Kidderminster Shuttle: The Christmas tree was pulled down overnightThe Christmas tree was pulled down overnight

A police spokesman said: "Overnight, the Christmas tree on the Memorial Park, Lickhill Road has been damaged, along with the Christmas tree lights.

"These items were kindly donated by Cook's Garden Centre.

"This has been reported to the police and we are taking this report seriously.

"If you have any information, please contact the local police on stourport.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk."

Cook's Garden Centre has since offered to donate another Christmas tree - with even more lights on it than the last - to replace the one that was vandalised.

The garden centre posted on Facebook: "Well that’s very clever isn’t it - the park tree pulled down, lights destroyed!!

"Never fear, a new one will arrive next week with even more lights on it! Watch that space!"