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Anger after vandals cut down trees in Fenby Field, Fulford
VANDALS have cut down thousands of pounds worth of trees in a York field.
John Justice, of Danum Road, said the trees in Fenby Field, Fulford, were cut down at some point in the last ten days, and he had contacted police to report the vandalism.
He said: “Someone has been on to it and cut down about six mature trees, just lopped them down with a chainsaw. It’s pure vandalism.
“We’ve informed the council and the police, but nothing seems to be getting done.
“We’ve had police and community police down and they said they can’t do anything until the council puts in a complaint about it.
“I wasn’t going to take it any further, but I’m concerned that someone comes in with a chainsaw and chops a load more down. I don’t like to see mature trees cut down for no reason.”
Harvey Lowson, City of York Council’s Arboricultural Manager, said the incident had been reported to the authority and was under investigation.
He said: “The police are investigating the matter, but we can confirm that we have had a number of reports of trees in this copse being cut down over the summer.
“They are part of a woodland planting carried out by a local ward committee and the damage is between £10,000 and £15,000.”
However, a spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said no victim had lodged an official report and while several reports from members of the public had been received, no formal investigation could be carried out without the owner of the trees coming forward.
The spokesman said: “The incident has been reported to North Yorkshire Police and efforts are being made to locate the owner of the trees so that any investigation can be progressed.”
Representatives of the council, which owns the trees, are to meet with the police before a formal criminal investigation can be launched.
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