Council seeks dashcam footage of vandals who girdled roadside trees

Salford City Council said it will have to fell two "huge" roadside trees after vandals ring-barked them for no apparent reason.

Image: Lamiot (CC BY 3.0)
Image: Lamiot (CC BY 3.0)

Standing by the A580 in the suburb of Worsley, the two sycamores, each around 50 years old, were irreparably damaged on 30 May.

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: "It looks as if a chainsaw was used and it would have taken 15 to 20 minutes of work to do this.

"This has happened right beside one of the busiest roads in Salford, so we are hoping someone has seen those responsible in the act and maybe even caught them on dashcam. If they will come forward and give us the evidence we will do all we can to prosecute those responsible for criminal damage."

He added: "The council will now have to waste scarce public money removing these trees. When we do so, we replace every one with two more trees and we will do so for these two trees. But four new young trees cannot compensate for the loss of these magnificent specimens."

The vandalism has been reported to Greater Manchester Police.

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