Police order couple to remove spooky Halloween display that may cause ‘offence’

A family home with extravagant Halloween decorations – including blow-up ghosts and headless mannequins – has been deemed so creepy the police were called to ask them to "tone it down".

Jo Flower, 37 and her husband Rob, 48, change the decorations on their house in Rothley, Leicestershire, to match the seasonal event, whether it's Christmas, Easter or Halloween.

At night, the display lights up to transform their home and garden into a spectacular haunted house, reports Leicestershire Live.

Although they've never had any issues in the past, cops this year came round to say it was all a bit too much.

Jo told Leicestershire Live: "We do it every year, apart from last year, and we never have any problems.

"We've had amazing feedback this year – kids come to visit to get sweets and nurseries have come along to take pictures.

"We've got nephews and nieces who love it too."

The couple were not at home the first time officers came round, but a few days later, when Rob was outside adding more props, they turned up again.

"Officers said they were given an anonymous tip-off and asked us to take it down, but it's in our own front garden," Jo said.

"I don't know why it would be a problem but police did say that one of the headless mannequins could cause offence."

After they missed the decorations for Halloween 2020, Jo said some of the community were asking when the spectacle would next be up.

It has been part of the Flower family tradition for years, but this year Jo and Rob are raising money for Cancer Research alongside it.

Earlier this year, Jo faced the alarming news that she had precancerous cells in her uterus and just two weeks ago, underwent a hysterectomy.

The mother-of-two said despite the recent surgery she was "keeping well" and had been given the "all-clear".

Tragically, her mum had passed away after being diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

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"We decided that this year we would raise money for Cancer Research and raise some awareness," Jo said.

A fundraising page created by Jo and Rob has raised more than £200 so far.

You can donate to the couple's fundraising page here.

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