CHILDREN and staff at an Eastbourne nursery school have been left upset after thieves stole Christmas lights from their impressive festive display.
Stepping Stones nursery in Gorringe Road has put up Christmas lights in its garden for the past six years but on Thursday night thieves stole and broke some of the expensive decorations.
Darren Gillett, who owns the nursery with his wife Louise Gillett, went to open the doors as usual on Friday morning but found the free-standing reindeer, worth around £150, had been stolen from the garden.
Criminals had cut the electrical wires which connected to a Father Christmas and snowman light, worth around £110.
Darren said, “We put them up for the children at the nursery and the children and from St Thomas a Becket School also look forward to seeing them each year.
“The two lights which have been stolen and broken were some of the children’s favourites, so they have been upset by it.
“We are really disappointed that someone has come and done this. It is very unfair to spoil the children’s Christmas.”
Darren said there is still a large selection of lights left in the display but explained he is now concerned that others could be stolen.
He added, “It puts me off putting them up in a way. “It costs a fair bit to buy them and then we have to pay for the electricity to have them on, so it is really upsetting that someone has done this.”
Staff at Stepping Stones have contacted police about the theft.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999, quoting crime reference number EE/110725/10.