A man who climbed onto his roof to investigate some strange noises is now facing murder charges.
A witness claims she saw the man stood in his dressing gown pointing a shotgun at a stout looking fellow on the roof. He pulled the trigger and the plump person came rolling down and landed flat out in the garden. She says the man was dressed in a red suit with white trim.
Police have confirmed that the dead man was Santa Claus and that they have taken the homeowner in for questioning.
The man is rumoured to have a long standing hatred for Santa; One of his neighbours commented, "It doesn't at all surprise me. This man is a real-life Scrooge. He hates Christmas, especially Santa Claus because he makes the kids so happy."
It is unclear why Santa Claus was prowling on the man's roof. Some eye witnesses claim they saw the jolly fat man relieving himself down the judge's chimney. They said it was reminiscent of the picture from the Royal Mail's Christmas stamp collection.