Council erect steel barriers around Christmas tree

The tree must be viewed at a distance of 30ft

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Killjoy council chiefs have erected a security fence and imposed an "exclusion zone" around a Christmas tree - over health and safety fears.

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Shoppers have expressed outrage after a 6ft-high fence was put up around a festive fir in Derby's Market Place.

Steel barriers have also been placed around the fencing meaning visitors must view the tree from a distance of more than 30ft.