Council prosecutes resident who chopped down park trees

Derby City Council has successfully brought a case of criminal damage against a resident who employed contractors to chop down two trees in a park adjoining his property.

Image: Emilian Robert Vicol (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Emilian Robert Vicol (CC BY 2.0)

After the council received a tip-off from Derbyshire police, it took Alan Clarke to court for removing the trees from Fullens Lock Park in the Chellaston suburb to the south of the city last August.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £5,400 in compensation for the loss of amenity to the public, as well as court costs.

The council's arboricultural officer explained to the court how the compensation value was calculated and what the loss of the trees meant for the area. The sum will be used to replace the trees.

The council's cabinet member for streetpride Cllr Asaf Afzal said: "Trees serve an important purpose in enhancing the city's landscapes. I am happy that the judgement sends a strong message about destruction of council property."

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