Stoke & Staffordshire

Santa in Longton victim of anti-social behaviour

Christmas presents under a tree
Image caption Police said Santa left the event after the incident

A Santa in Staffordshire left a Christmas lights switch-on - after two youths pulled his beard.

The Father Christmas also lost his glasses during the incident in Longton town centre on Friday.

A police spokeswoman said they were attempting to trace the youths and would also be talking to Santa.

Richard Cresswell, from the Longton events board, said: "It's regrettable, because there were still plenty of families around."

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