Protester Chain-Saws London Christmas Tree

<i> Times Wire Services</i>

The Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square was slashed with a chain saw Monday, hours before the 100-foot Norwegian fir was to be the centerpiece of a huge New Year’s party on the square.

A south London man was arrested and ordered jailed for four months after he admitted the attack. He told police that the attack on the tree--a gift from Norway in recognition of Britain’s help in World War II--was a protest of Norway’s legal system. His lawyer said his client had been jailed there for heroin smuggling.

Meanwhile, tree surgeons managed to save the tree in time for the party.