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A homeowner near Thetford says he has been left 'gutted' after his fund-raising Christmas lights were broken by vandals.

Roy Cooke, of Western Close, Feltwell, has been putting up the lights outside his house for the last 20 years to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital charity My WiSH.

He was inspired to begin the fund-raising venture after his wife Eva fell ill and received ‘amazing’ support at the Bury St Edmunds hospital.

Roy Cooke with his wife Eva and visitors Thomas Joseph and Daisy Barton earlier this month. Picture: Mark Westley.
Roy Cooke with his wife Eva and visitors Thomas Joseph and Daisy Barton earlier this month. Picture: Mark Westley.

But on Tuesday, Roy tried to turn the lights on and discovered half of them were not working.

"I went to put them on on Tuesday night at about 4.30 and about half of them didn't come on," he said.

"And when I went around to my (fuse) boxes, I still couldn't get them on and I checked my fuses.

Roy Cooke's Christmas lights display last year.
Roy Cooke's Christmas lights display last year.

"They still didn't go on and I thought 'this is unusual' and I pulled one of the wires and it had been cut in half.

"I looked at another set and the same thing had happened to them."

Roy said he was 'gutted' about losing power to the lights.

"I feel like saying enough's enough," he said.

Roy Cooke has been lighting up his home for the last 20 years.
Roy Cooke has been lighting up his home for the last 20 years.

"I don't really want to do it any more if I'm going to have this trouble.

"At the minute I'm looking at about £300 of damage."

Roy is optimistic he can repair the wiring and have all the lights back on tonight. He already has three quarters of them working.

A Norfolk Police spokesperson said: "Police were called to reports of criminal damage at a property in Western Close, Feltwell, in Thetford.

"The damage was done to Christmas lights at the property between 11.30pm on Monday 20 December 2021 and 4.30pm on Tuesday 21 December causing more than £300 in damage.

"This is still under investigation.

"Anyone with information should contact PC Jamie Gollands at Norfolk Police on 101 with reference number 36/94827/21."