UK Daily Mail 
Monday, Dec 15, 2008
A woman has spoken of how she was told to remove her Christmas lights by a housing association worker – in case they offended her non-Christian neighbours.
Dorothy Glenn decorates her home in South Shields with hundreds of festive lights every year, including a giant tree and a 4ft Santa Claus.
But she was left stunned this year when a South Tyneside Homes worker called at her house to inform her that the decorations she was displaying might be offending her neighbours.
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The association last night apologised to Mrs Glenn and insisted that removing Christmas lights was not part of their policy.
The 41-year-old mother-of-three said: ‘I put the lights up in the first week of November and then recently a uniformed housing worker was outside, and it looked like he was counting my decorations.
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‘When I went outside he said that the lights were “offensive to the community”. If I was offending anyone I could understand why he was telling me, but nobody has complained.
‘My neighbours are Bengali and Chinese and I know that they love the lights – the children will always point them out when they walk past.’