Elf and safety gone mad! Police’s Christmas tree appeal at Archway station removed as it is ‘a hazard’
- Credit: Archant
A Christmas tree put up in Archway station as part of a festive toy appeal has been given the chop – because some Scrooge says it’s a “hazard”.
The tree was unveiled three weeks ago to help the local cops find gifts for needy children across Islington. Commuters were invited to take a tag off the tree, stick it on a gift and hand it in at a police stations.
But yesterday morning the tree was gone – and one worker was clearly not happy.
The station’s noticeboard read: “Unfortunately our Christmas tree is to be taken away as it is considered to be a hazard.”
Commuter Russell Hrachovec posted a picture of the board and said: “Well, Christmas is cancelled at Archway station.”
When told about what had happened, Islington police said on Twitter: “Whaaaaat is that our appeal Christmas tree? Not cool #humbug”.
Pc David Williams, who organised the appeal this year, told the Gazette the tree had luckily already served its purpose.
- 1 'Wrong place, wrong time': Men convicted after fatal mistaken revenge shooting
- 2 Covid-19: Hospital admissions and bed occupancy continue to fall
- 3 Jailed: Members of 'sophisticated' drugs crime gang sentenced
- 4 Call for fuel payment machines in Hackney and Islington
- 5 Live: 40 firefighters called to Highbury flat blaze
- 6 Stoke Newington: Pret 'sorry' after staff tell indy café 'we'll steal your customers'
- 7 Pirates: Reggie Yates film shot in Angel gets release
- 8 Cannabis sweets: the drugs danger that put 17 north London schoolgirls in hospital
- 9 'Staffing crisis' means children's hospice cannot offer end of life care
- 10 Boy, 13, arrested after teenager stabbed in Canonbury
He explained: “The fire brigade said it was a hazard so it had to go. It’s been there for the last three years and as far as I’m aware it’s never been an issue before.
“It’s not really affected our appeal, though, as it was officially ending this week and it was due to come down anyway.
“The appeal has been successful and we’ve got all the presents.”
London Fire Brigade said it wasn’t their order. A spokesman said: “We did not ask for it to be removed but we did give fire safety advice about the tree, which was close to the station’s exit barriers.”
TfL has been approached for comment.