COMMUNITY leaders have said they will go ahead with the switch-on of tomorrow night’s Christmas lights display despite £500 worth of damage caused by vandals.

Wire-cutters were used to completely destroy two sets of lights strung up on the village's Christmas tree overnight on Thursday.

All the lights had to be taken down from the tree, which is the focal point of the display, afetr the damage was discovered on Friday morning.

Volunteers are frantically trying to make repairs before the switch-on by Moat House Surgery GP Jonathan Wilcock at 5pm.

If the lights cannot be mended the switch-on will take place instead at the weir in Warboys.

It is the second time in three days the Christmas display has been targeted. On Wednesday, two strands of lights were removed from the tree and draped over traffic lights at a pedestrian crossing.

A motorist discovered the prank before any injuries were caused.

Huntingdonshire district councillor Peter Bucknell said: "Two of the units have been ripped off. Wire is very hard to break like that. It must have been cut with wire cutters.

"I was up there today at 8.30am with the Christmas lights committee and we were looking at the damage. They had to take them completely down to see what they can do.

"We have a display on the old clock tower, and a display on the post office and newsagent, and there is the weir as well.

"The Christmas lights will be switched on, if necessary we will just have to switch them on at the weir."

Anyone with information about this incident should call Cambridgeshire Police on 101.