Bah humbug! Santa presents fly-tipping
- 7th December 2010
- Crazy but True Stories
Father Christmas may be red-faced but not quite so jolly this year after being accused of excessive littering.
This accusation could see the end of a much-loved tradition in the Welsh town of Llanelli.
Each year a secret self-appointed Woodland Father Christmas dresses up and hides presents in the woods for local children to find as part of an annual Christmas present treasure hunt. However, Carmarthenshire council officials are threatening to prosecute the Woodland Santa, claiming that what he is doing essentially constitutes as fly-tipping.
So far park rangers have gathered hundreds of toys from the woods, including Winnie the Pooh puppets and Teletubby annuals, and have distributed them among local charity shops. Last year, it is reported that over 600 gift-wrapped books and toys were found hanging amongst the fir-trees.
A council spokesman said "It's an unusual problem...
We would like to come to some kind of arrangement with him to better distribute his generosity."
Park Manager Rory Dickinson agreed, stating "We cannot leave the presents out because of littering issues."
...over 600 gift-wrapped books and toys were found hanging amongst the fir-trees.
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