Essex

Rochford Christmas tree felling suspect, 15, charged

Rochford Christmas tree Image copyright Pete Tobit
Image caption The tree was felled by vandals in the early hours of the morning

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with criminal damage after a Christmas tree was felled in a town centre.

The tree was cut down in Rochford, Essex early on Sunday, on the eve of a festive lights switch on.

District councillor Heather Glynn praised the town's "amazing community spirit" after people responded to a social media appeal to put it back up.

Police said the boy, from Rochford, was due to appear at Southend Youth Court on 17 December.

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