Killjoy police officers have threatened a festive fundraiser with a £10,000 fine over his Christmas lights display – because they say it could be causing a breach in Covid rules.
Officers say Trevor Payne’s full-blown festive lights – which he puts up each year to raise money for mental health charities – are drawing ‘large gatherings’ outside his home in Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire.
Pictures show families standing outside the brightly-lit semi-detached house before police intervened – sparking Mr Payne to switch-off the lights.
Officers later warned the 46-year-old that the gatherings outside his home could be breaching Covid rules for the Tier 3 area.
And they say he could be hit with a maximum fine of £10,000 if the gatherings continue.
But the father-of-two has now hit back at the ‘Grinches’ opposing his display and said was ‘just trying to make people happy’.
Mr Payne said: ‘No-one has anything else to do because of coronavirus and this was bringing a bit of joy, but now I’m having to turn people away who have come to see it. The kids have been left in tears, it’s heartbreaking.