Christmas spirit lost to thieves



HOISTED upon his father's hip, two-year-old Riley Denham points in the direction of where his favourite snowman used to be.

"Gone,'' he says, placing his hands on his Santa hat. "It's gone.'' Three nights ago, the snowman was taken from the Denham's front yard in Stuart Court, Parkhurst, in among more than a week's work of Christmas lighting display.

Riley's father, Warren, said it was a disappointment to see that after seven years of Christmas decoration displays, someone could be so "mean spirited''.

"It's the first time we have ever lost anything,'' he said. "This is not the spirit of Christmas.''

Mr Denham said he called police the following morning after his neighbour's two dogs were barking the night before.

He said his neighbour had spotted two men in the driveway and then later driving off.

Mr Denham said the Christmas display took up to two weeks to put up and longer to take down.

"The first year we started off with Santa Claus and a reindeer and the following year we added the boomers and then it just snowballed from there,'' he said.

"Nearly all of our display is handmade.''

He said the display consisted of more than 5000 lights.

"We get so much satisfaction from seeing everyone's enjoyment and even I get a buzz out of seeing the lights when I drive up the hill.''

Mr Denham said he would be happy if snowman was returned. "Even if it was left on the front lawn, no questions asked, I would be grateful,'' he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800?333?000.



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