A MAN has been charged with vandalism after allegedly breaking a 30ft Christmas tree when he climbed up it.

The tree in the centre of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, was left with a four foot piece at the top snapped off sometime between November 14 and 19.

It is understood a man tried to scale the tree before it broke and he fell to the ground. It is thought he was injured in the fall but did not need treatment.

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Scottish Borders Council fixed the damage by binding the tree back together.

Lothian and Borders Police confirmed they had charged a 22-year-old man with vandalism over the incident.

A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council said: "It was extremely disappointing to see this act of vandalism carried out."

In 2004, the town's Christmas tree was hacked down with a chainsaw in a drunken dare.