Police hunting three men after trees cut down in act of 'wanton vandalism'

Watford Observer: Police hunting three men after trees cut down in act of 'wanton vandalism' Police hunting three men after trees cut down in act of 'wanton vandalism'

Police are hunting for three men after eight trees were illegally cut down in Leavesden Country Park in an act of "wanton vandalism".

A member of the public called the police on Saturday June 14 and reported that eight trees had been cut down to their stumps in the south side of the park.

Hertfordshire Constabulary believe that three men were cold-calling in the neighbourhood and were offering cheap tree-work.

Leavesden councillor Martin Brooks condemned the actions that may have damaged a number of "long standing habitats" in the area.

He said: "It is a real shame that someone, who apparently has no concern for this local park, the public that use it or Three Rivers District Council as the owners, would commit such a despicable act of wanton vandalism.

"Their actions have most likely damaged long standing habitats for many varieties of wildlife and will no doubt cost the council a considerable amount in having to replant and clean up this mess afterwards."

Investigating officer, PC David Herring said: "These trees should not have been cut without the consent of the council and as such this incident is being investigated as criminal damage."

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4:14pm Thu 19 Jun 14

pepsiman says...

I saw tree fellas hanging around the park; I'm stumped as to why they did it?
I saw tree fellas hanging around the park; I'm stumped as to why they did it? pepsiman
  • Score: -10

4:20pm Thu 19 Jun 14

angryangryangry says...

They must have been barking mad to do it in daylight!
They must have been barking mad to do it in daylight! angryangryangry
  • Score: -10

7:17pm Thu 19 Jun 14

andyandyandy says...

Let's hope they don't branch out into other criminal activities. I'm sure no one will twig. Take a leaf out of my book, I wood never do that.
Let's hope they don't branch out into other criminal activities. I'm sure no one will twig. Take a leaf out of my book, I wood never do that. andyandyandy
  • Score: -6

7:27pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Andrew1963 says...

Don't know the area, but the picture looks like the tees shaded the neighbouring building. Any clues there?
Don't know the area, but the picture looks like the tees shaded the neighbouring building. Any clues there? Andrew1963
  • Score: 15

10:01pm Thu 19 Jun 14

S/O man says...

have they called in special branch to investigate?
have they called in special branch to investigate? S/O man
  • Score: -4

7:38am Fri 20 Jun 14

barnet123 says...

I'd look no further than the main beneficiary ... the bloke in the now sunny garden of the adjoining house!
I'd look no further than the main beneficiary ... the bloke in the now sunny garden of the adjoining house! barnet123
  • Score: 7

9:53am Fri 20 Jun 14

bhattyclease says...

Scandalous. We need to get to the root of the problem with incidents such as these.

The Bhattyclease is on the case. It's obvious the cops can't see the wood for the trees so I'm ahhhh just follow the scent of sweet, sweet mahogany! Mmmmm! Mahogany!
Scandalous. We need to get to the root of the problem with incidents such as these. The Bhattyclease is on the case. It's obvious the cops can't see the wood for the trees so I'm ahhhh just follow the scent of sweet, sweet mahogany! Mmmmm! Mahogany! bhattyclease
  • Score: -4

10:32am Fri 20 Jun 14

UKBEARS says...

Over the last week or so, some cold caller dodgy-looking guys offering cheap so-called 'tree management' were indeed in our local area; we reported this - and so should others!
I guess even in daylight, most people would assume that anyone using tree cutting equipment would be genuine.
Over the last week or so, some cold caller dodgy-looking guys offering cheap so-called 'tree management' were indeed in our local area; we reported this - and so should others! I guess even in daylight, most people would assume that anyone using tree cutting equipment would be genuine. UKBEARS
  • Score: 5

10:46am Fri 20 Jun 14

CaptainPC says...

That would never of happened if Phil Cox was mayor.
That would never of happened if Phil Cox was mayor. CaptainPC
  • Score: 2

11:02am Fri 20 Jun 14

G_Whiz says...

CaptainPC wrote:
That would never of happened if Phil Cox was mayor.
Too true - We are still liberals and so, we must care for criminals, make excuses for them and have a go at anyone who moans about crime. Stuff the trees, these guys are just trying to eek out a living!
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: That would never of happened if Phil Cox was mayor.[/p][/quote]Too true - We are still liberals and so, we must care for criminals, make excuses for them and have a go at anyone who moans about crime. Stuff the trees, these guys are just trying to eek out a living! G_Whiz
  • Score: 1

11:06am Fri 20 Jun 14

G_Whiz says...

UKBEARS wrote:
Over the last week or so, some cold caller dodgy-looking guys offering cheap so-called 'tree management' were indeed in our local area; we reported this - and so should others!
I guess even in daylight, most people would assume that anyone using tree cutting equipment would be genuine.
Ah - that's the problem right there. You report them, and.......Nothing happens!

Chuck on a high-vis, wack false plates on the van, and you can get away with anything!
[quote][p][bold]UKBEARS[/bold] wrote: Over the last week or so, some cold caller dodgy-looking guys offering cheap so-called 'tree management' were indeed in our local area; we reported this - and so should others! I guess even in daylight, most people would assume that anyone using tree cutting equipment would be genuine.[/p][/quote]Ah - that's the problem right there. You report them, and.......Nothing happens! Chuck on a high-vis, wack false plates on the van, and you can get away with anything! G_Whiz
  • Score: 4

12:30pm Fri 20 Jun 14

garston tony says...

barnet123 wrote:
I'd look no further than the main beneficiary ... the bloke in the now sunny garden of the adjoining house!
Thats what I was thinking, I doubt these guys just cut down the trees to keep up the practise so the police should also be looking for whoever benefited from their destruction
[quote][p][bold]barnet123[/bold] wrote: I'd look no further than the main beneficiary ... the bloke in the now sunny garden of the adjoining house![/p][/quote]Thats what I was thinking, I doubt these guys just cut down the trees to keep up the practise so the police should also be looking for whoever benefited from their destruction garston tony
  • Score: 2

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