Nottingham

Jak Taylor's stolen Bilsthorpe Christmas tree replaced

Bilsthorpe Christmas tree
Image caption The replacement tree was donated by Sue Massey from Arnold in Nottingham

A Christmas tree that was planted in Nottinghamshire in memory of an eight-year-old boy but later chopped down and stolen, has been replaced.

The £350 tree was a tribute to Jak Taylor, from Bilsthorpe, who drowned on holiday in Spain in 2002.

The 12ft (3.6m) replacement tree was donated by Sue Massey, a BBC Radio Nottingham listener, who heard about the theft last week.

Jak's mother Lisa Taylor said she had been overwhelmed by the support.

"At first it was a shock, they are heartless and if they have a heart, it's made of stone," said Ms Taylor.

"Now both the shops in the village have put out donation boxes to raise money so we're going to buy lights for it.

"It's so overwhelming, I just can't quite get my breath, it's fantastic," she said.

The theft in Bilsthorpe happened less than a week after the tree had been decorated with Christmas lights.

The original tree had grown to 8ft (2.4m) since being planted in 2010.

The tree is thought to have been stolen between 19:00 GMT on Friday 6 December and 08:00 GMT on Saturday 7 December.

Nottinghamshire Police has asked anyone with information to contact them or Crimestoppers.

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