Thousands of pounds of damage has been caused to festive decorations in a North-east town by “fools”.
The artificial Christmas tree in Buckie’s Cluny Square has been damaged by people attempting to climb the giant cone.
Green mesh has been scrubbed from the structure by the thrill-seekers while the aluminium frame inside is feared to be twisted.
Now organisers of the Buckie Christmas Kracker fear the £8,000 decoration may have to be replaced.
Chairman Andrew Murray said: “Someone has tried to climb it and vandalised it – there’s no other word for it. We’re pretty disgusted and working out what to do.”
Investigations to assess the extent of the damage will be done once the tree is dismantled next month.
Buckie councillor Gordon Cowie revealed he had heard reports of several people attempting to climb the tree.
He said: “We used to get a real Christmas tree but the cost was becoming too much. This was supposed to be an alternative but the saving could be wiped out now by fools.”