GRINCH: Man makes public apology for damaging tree
A SOUTHERN Downs man has made a very public apology after a drunken act of alleged vandalism that left a community seething.
Yesterday morning residents in Stanthorpe awoke to the news the town Christmas Tree has been vandalised, causing an outcry on social media.
Police subsequently located and charged the alleged vandals, two Stanthorpe residents aged 19 and 24, with wilful damage after viewing CCTV footage of the incident.
The alleged incident happened at about 2.30am yesterday.
One of the offenders took to the Stanthorpe On Facebook page last night to offer this apology.
"I'd like to make a formal apology for my actions last night, as everyone might know the town Christmas tree was damaged," the man said.
"I am aware being intoxicated was no excuse in the incident, I really am sorry I'm part of this town as well and I don't like seeing things get damaged.
But never the less I chose to make this silly decision, so I'm sorry Stanthorpe I hope you can forgive me for my actions."
Overwhelmingly, Stanthorpe did forgive the man, with most readers impressed and thankful with his public and heartfelt apology, although both offenders will still face police action.
The Stanthorpe Christmas tree was also vandalised in 2014.