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RESIDENTS have hit back at troublesome youths who tore down trees in a Wigan street.

Hundreds of pounds have been spent to give new life to Cross Street, in Hindley, after vandals ripped branches and caused extensive damage to the plants.

Now Hindley Residents’ Association and local councillor Jim Churton have joined forces to replace the trees and provide picturesque scenery for town centre visitors.

Allan Heffernan, chairman of the Hindley Residents’ Association, said: “The trees had been badly damaged last year. The issue was raised by residents at a public meeting who reported seeing youths swinging on the branches.

“Because the trees had only just been planted, the branches were easy to break.

“Councillor Churton provided funding and arranged for engineering work to be carried out.

“The trees are set in brickwork which had to be lifted up and the broken trees were removed.

“The new trees are slightly older and more resistant to any vandalism.

“In a couple of years they should have flourished and provide some greenery to a busy town centre street.”

Coun Churton said: “The trees had originally been introduced to Cross Street four years ago as part of a £2m project to spruce up Hindley.

“But with kids larking about, ripping them down and breaking branches, they looked awful.

“The work cost around £700 with funding from Brighter Borough and council sources. The new trees are much bigger and match with those outside the town hall.”

Hindley Residents’ Association have recently celebrated a successful campaign for a new bus service to ease travel problems facing elderly folk.

Extra stops have been added to the 559 bus route to ensure pensioners could safely visit the town’s railway station and Pennygate Health Centre, in Ladies Lane.

And the group is looking to attract £40,000 of funding to help introduce new woodland paths at Rayner Park, which will connect different parts of the town.