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Three Thomas Clarkson Academy students caught red handed vandalising Elm Christmas lights

PUBLISHED: 15:43 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 05 December 2017

Three students – still wearing their Thomas Clarkson Academy uniforms – risked serious injury by tampering with a village Christmas lights display.

Organisers of this year’s Elm charity Christmas lights event spotted the uniformed vandals disrupting the electric cables.

The organisers have a Facebook group and posted notices pointing out that the students were seen pulling out wires connected to the home, causing damage that activated a safety device to temporarily stop the lights display

The post said: “On Friday night, three children on bikes, in uniform, deliberately caused damage to our display – we have been given the names of these children thanks to our guests.”

Parents were asked to “please explain to your children the danger of tampering with full voltage electrics” and explained the risks of doing so.

They added in a warning to parents: “Second to this we have had reports of these children physically assaulting some villagers and causing general disturbances in the village.

“At this point we are choosing not to name, and would ask as a respectful parent you discuss this with your children regardless of their involvement.

“We do not wish to have to perform CPR on your child or waste more of our time repairing unnecessary damage – however please be under no illusion we will exercise our rights to protect our property and ourselves from harm before contacting the police.”

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