Charity Christmas light display destroyed by ‘reckless vandals’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 20 December 2017

Luke Bowell says he is devastated by what has happened.

Luke Bowell says he is devastated by what has happened.


A Weston-super-Mare man is left ‘shocked’ and ‘furious’ after his charity Christmas light display was torn down by ‘reckless vandals’.

The light display was ruined by vandals. Picture: Luke PowellThe light display was ruined by vandals. Picture: Luke Powell

Luke Powell, aged 18, used 10,000 bulbs to light up his home in Brompton Road, on the Oldmixon estate, to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital’s charity The Grand Appeal.

But his eye-catching display was destroyed when vandals tore down strings of lights and reindeer in the early hours of Friday morning.

Luke told the Mercury: “I walked outside my house in the morning and was shocked.

“I have CCTV installed and looked back at the footage but his face was blocked by a scarf or something.

The light display was ruined by vandals. Picture: Luke PowellThe light display was ruined by vandals. Picture: Luke Powell

“It was with great disappointment I had to take the display down but it was unsafe due to cables being cut and protective fencing being damaged.

“I want to appeal for help to find the reckless vandals so they can get the punishment they deserve.

“I was shocked and furious. I had put so much work into it and for it to be destroyed in a matter of seconds is devastating.

“Who would do this to someone who is just trying to raise money for a good cause?”

But with the help of two good samaritans, Luke was able to get some of the display back up and running to help achieve his goal of £500.

He added: “I can see a silver lining from it because people came together and helped me restore the lights.

“Luckily some of it was just thrown about so I could put it back up but other parts were completely ruined.

“It is a bit different but I do not think people will notice too much.”

A police spokesman said: “We received a report of criminal damage at the property on Friday.

“Damage was done to a Christmas light display just after 1.22am. The investigation is ongoing and we are reviewing the CCTV footage as part of the enquiry.

“If anyone has any information, please call 101 and quote crime reference number 5217285394.”

To help Luke reach his target, visit the display outside 12 Butcombe, Brompton Road, or log on to Luke’s JustGiving page at

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