The Baggott family have been left in dismay this year after Scrooge council bosses ordered them to pull down their Christmas decorations, as well as ordering them to tear down their shed where they kept their decorations.

For the last eight years, John and Teresa Baggott have transformed their front-garden into a dazzling Santa’s grotto, along with a mechanical Father Christmas, much to the delight of their disabled teenage son.

However, Sanctuary Housing in Devon told the family, whose decorations raise thousands of pounds for charity, that they had to take down all the hooks and the electric boxes on the wall because they didn't want electrics outside the house.

Mr Baggott says the family are so upset they want to move to a new home with their three boys, including disabled son Shea, 14, who suffers from a muscle and nerve-wasting condition.

He added: “We put a lot of work into it. We put our heart and soul into it and it looked pretty good. Shea loved the light. He would sit out there for hours in his wheelchair looking at them. He's upset and he has picked up that we're stressed.”

The annual display, which takes around two weeks to assemble, last year earned them first place in the the residential category of the Torbay Winter Glitterland competition and has raised more than £8,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A spokeswoman for Sanctuary Group confirmed the family were told they were 'not allowed to tamper with the electrics of the property'.

She said: “As standard with rented accommodation, tenants should not tamper with the electrics, build onto or extend the property without their landlord's consent, and Sanctuary has only very recently been made aware of the extent of work done to the home.

'The family has significantly altered and extended the electrics at the property and we have serious concerns about the safety of these works.'