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Wanton vandalism in Killyleagh

Published: Tue, 6 Oct 2015
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Anyone with information should contact the police on 101
Vandalised tree in Killyleagh
A fully mature pine tree in Grove Park, Killyleagh, has been destroyed by vandals.
The tree, located in an area maintained by the Housing Executive, was ringbarked and cut with a saw at the end of September.  A local resident tried to take measures to save it unfortunately the tree surgeon had no option but to cut it down.
This is not the first time this type of vandalism has happened in the area and the Housing Executive is appealing for witnesses to contact the police.
The Housing Executive’s Grounds Maintenance Manager, Dave McClure, said:
“Only last year all the young small trees on the bank overlooking Limetree Hollow were cut down to a stump and had to be removed.  This latest vandalism saw a 20 year old tree pine tree destroyed and has proved upsetting for local residents as well as for those of us maintaining the area.  
“The Housing Executive has undertaken to replant the area slightly below this location but these will take time to mature.  
“In the meantime I would appeal to anyone who has information regarding this contact the police on 101.”