Couple spend £20k transforming home into Christmas paradise before cops called

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Christmas-mad Dan Warr-Extance and Mark Extance-Warr transformed their home into a winter wonderland with illuminated reindeer, thousands of lights and Christmas trees.

But their festive dreams were cut short when police were called and the pair were forced to turn it all off.

The married couple started creating the display back in October and families would travel to come see the truly magical display.

However, less than two weeks before the big December 25, they have now pulled the plug, reports The Sun.

The house is almost unrecognisable without the remarkable Christmas decorations, with scaffolding erected and used as part of the display.

Several Christmas trees with hundreds of baubles, archways covered in fairy lights and reindeer are dotted all over.

The finished look resembles that of Disney's iconic castle in their famous theme parks.

Their house, based in Tintinhull, Somerset attracted people of all ages, and unfortunately from all Tier lockdown areas – including those in the highest of coronavirus-restricted areas.

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The pair posted on Facebook, saying: "We are sorry but we have had to turn the lights off, due to someone phoning the police about social distancing.

"We have also had a lot of people visiting from  Tier 3 areas.

''The police have said we have manned the lights perfectly, but unfortunately a small amount have ruined it for everyone else.''

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed to the paper they were called about the display.

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Dan, 37, and Mark, 27, have been decorating their home for years as a way to raise money for charity and good causes.

Funds raised this year will go to the NHS, the local air ambulances and other causes.

They started the display after Dan was diagnosed with testicular cancer back in 2008, and have spent £20,000 on decorations over the years.

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In total, their winter wonderland has raised around £40,000 for charities from people coming to see the display during that time.

Dan, who is self-employed in the management industry, said, before police were called: "We both love Christmas.

"We started the village scene in August – the main build took eight weeks. 

"We love anything theatrical. We're involved in theatre and used to do the carnival.

“Last year we raised just under £3,000, so it would be lovely to beat that."

The scene has attracted visitors from all over – although Dan said that has been tough to manage during a  pandemic.

He said: "With what's happening lately we have had a lot of stress."

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