A couple from Leicestershire had their Halloween display so scary that the police requested that they remove any decorations that could cause ‘offence.
Jo Flower, 37, and Rob, 48, are well-known in Rothley for their bold decorations at events.
They transform their front yard into amazing scenes for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. But the Leicestershire police felt that this year’s efforts were too much.
The couple are raising money to support charity. However, police officers asked them to tone it down despite the decorations in their home.
Jo stated that ‘we do it every year except for last year and we never have any issues’.
“We’ve had amazing feedback this past year – children come to visit us to buy sweets, and nurseries have come along for pictures.
“We have nephews and nieces that love it too.”
They often transform the front of their home into spectacular scenes for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and this year they added several blow-up scary figures to the mix with various mannequins that were arranged in a variety of spooky positions.
The decorations were too extravagant for Leicestershire police this year, who ordered Jo to tone down the display. Jo, however, refused to comply with the police’s request. Jo pointed out that her decorations had been placed on her property. The community had given her great feedback.
Jo objected against the police’s request by pointing out that her decorations were on her property and had received great feedback in the community.
Jo said that officers claimed they received an anonymous tip-off from someone and asked them to take it down. However, it was in their front yard.
Jo stated that Jo was wrong and that the police believed some of the decorations could offend people in the community.
She said, “I don’t understand why it would be a problem, but police did mention that one of the headless Mannequins could cause offence.”
Jo even stated that her neighbours had been asking about when the next display would go up. This was because Jo and her husband’s commitment to remembering important events had been broken by the pandemic.
The police disapproved of the display in the Flower family’s front yard and said that the mannequin’s severed head ‘could be offensive’. The Flowers had placed several mannequins into spooky positions and even suspended one from a wooden beam lit with fairy lights.
Flowers have been decorating their homes to celebrate holidays and special occasions for years.
After two bouts with cancer in the family, Jo and Rob decided this year to raise money in conjunction with the display.
Jo was told by her doctor that he had precancerous tumors in her uterus. He underwent a hysterectomy just two weeks prior.
The mother-of-2 said that despite recent surgery, she was doing well and was given the all-clear just two days before Halloween.
After her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, she died.
Jo said, “We decided this year that we would raise funds for Cancer Research and raise awareness.”
A fundraising page created by Jo and Rob has raised over £320 so far.