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Suspected Chainsaw Attack on York Trees


5:25pm 17th July 2012

City of York Council is appealing to the public for information following a break-in to a locked park to illegally fell three trees on the evening of Saturday 14th July.

After the gates to Clarence Gardens off Haxby Road were locked at 10pm, the award-winning park was illegally entered and three trees were cut down from the end of a line of 20-year-old ornamental specimens. One resident has come forward to say they heard a chainsaw at about 10.30pm.

A five-metre high Rowan tree and a 12-metre high Copper Beech were felled using a chainsaw, as was a nine-metre high Red Maple which fell onto and through the park’s perimeter fence and into a neighbouring car park. The trees were left as they had fallen. Fortunately they do not present a danger to the public, so the gardens remain open as the council clears away the timber.

Councillor Dafydd Williams, City of York Council’s cabinet member for Crime, Stronger Communities said:

"It's terrible to witness mindless vandalism on such beautiful trees in a public place. With a value of £25,300, they are irreplaceable to the park and the landscape. I would urge anyone with information about this event to get in touch and tell us what you know, so that we can help to prevent something like this happening again in the future."

The council hopes to plant new trees in the space left next spring.

Members of the public are urged to share any relevant information with the police via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the non-emergency number 101.

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