Santa sleigh attacked as it tours Barnstaple

Joseph Bulmer

FUND raisers are furious and disgusted after a “mindless thug” threw a stone at the Barnstaple Round Table Santa Sleigh as it toured the town on Friday.

The attack in Chaddiford Lane caused �200 in damage to the 4x4 vehicle loaned by Devonshire Motors and organisers say the stupidity will have to be paid for from the money that would normally be given to local good causes.

The stone broke a side window as the sleigh returned from visiting Children’s Hospice South West and the Abbey Gateway project to distribute presents.

The Tablers remain undeterred and have made arrangements to visit the remaining areas of Barnstaple despite the weather and without the damaged vehicle.

“Tablers fully recognise this mindless act is very much in the minority and the people of Barnstaple always give us a tremendous reception and make generous donations despite the current difficulties,” said Ian Williams of the Round Table.