Teenage vandals destroy trees in Ramsey

TWO teenagers are believed to have illegally cut 15 trees…with the aim of making room to build a skate park. Cambridgeshire police confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that they are investigating the loss of oak, cherry and mountain ash trees that have been redu

TWO teenagers are believed to have illegally cut 15 trees...with the aim of making room to build a skate park.

Cambridgeshire police confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that they are investigating the loss of oak, cherry and mountain ash trees that have been reduced to stumps.

The trees were part of a copse on fields owned by Lord de Ramsey, next to Field Road in Ramsey.

Andy and Barbara Blyth, who live in Hayling Avenue, off Field Road and regularly walk their dog in the wood, said they were devastated.

Mrs Blyth, a retired nurse, said: "It must have been extremely exhausting work and one cannot think what on earth possessed these thoughless beings.

"There was blood on one of the tree stumps so they must have hurt themselves. They had a spade and tried to dig a hole when the ground is as hard as iron, they must have been absolutely shattered.

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"People saw them cutting the trees down but they didn't want to intervene so they called the police.

"These trees were about 20-years-old and were just coming into their own as beautiful trees. This is mindless vandalism."

Mrs Blyth believed the youths had been trying make room for a skate park.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said officers had received reports of criminal damage at Field Road just after 10am on Saturday morning (May 9).

"An officer attended the scene and a number of trees had been cut down and damaged.

"A hole had also been dug in the clearing and rubbish had been left in the area, several items were seized at the scene.

"The estates manager was informed and walkers in the area have been spoken to."

INFORMATION: Anyone with information should contact Pc Kevin Kelly on 0845 4564564

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