The festive lights at one of Worcester’s busiest roundabouts are shining again after Worcester City Council acted quickly to repair damage caused by vandals.

The lights on the 36ft tree at the St John’s roundabout were vandalised within two days of being switched on, and local councillors condemned the attack as “mindless” and “pathetic”.

Now the Council has worked with its contractor Blachere Illumination to get replacement lights put up, restoring the St John’s tree to its full glory.

The Council called in its own tree team, who used their MEWP (Mobile Elevated Working Platform) to reach the top of the tree and get the new lights in place.

They worked closely with engineers from Blachere Illumination and the Council’s Neighbourhood and Community Engagement teams to make sure the work was completed with a minimum of disruption to traffic at the busy roundabout.

Councillor Geoff Williams, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council’s Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee, said: “I’m very pleased Council officers have been able to pull out all the stops to get this repair work done so quickly. The vandals who carried out this attack wanted to spoil Christmas for city residents, so it’s great to see the festive lights shining out again in St John’s.”

The vandalism of the lights has been reported to West Mercia Police.