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Councillors’ anger over tree vandalism

Councillors Ready and Conway

Councillors Ready and Conway

TWO Aspull councillors are asking for the public to help catch vandals who have destroyed a number of trees in woodland.

Couns Chris Ready and Ron Conway say they were left “disgusted” after finding branches sawn off and just left on the floor.

The pair, who over the years have helped brighten up the area, are now appealing for help in catching the perpetrators and preventing it from happening again.

“Over the last 10-15 years we’ve been beautifying the area with trees, bulbs etc,” said Coun Ready.

“Everything has blossomed and the trees have come on and it all looks fantastic.

“To our amazement last week though there have been a number of trees purposely sawn down.

“Someone has gone out there premeditated and left them. They’ve sawn through them three-quarters of the way and pulled them down.

“It’s completely just clear vandalism. There is no gain to it, we just can’t understand why people would go out there way to do that.

“If they were doing something with them you could kind of understand why they’ve done it.”

The matter has been reported to the police and Coun Ready is now calling on local residents to keep an eye out in the area.

He says it is one of the worst instances of vandalism he has seen in all his years of being a councillor.

“We’ve reported it to the police but unless we catch them in the act we’ll struggle,” he added.

“We’re appealing to people, if they do see anything like this, then to let us or the police know.

“We all respect the area and all the comments we get is how nice it is and how good we all try to keep it so we want to nip all this in the bud before it goes any further.

“Over the years we’ve had the odd incident where it might be people coming past but I think this is more blatant vandalism than a bit of mischief-making.

“Hopefully we can make people think and also for the general public to be more vigilant and if they do know something let us know in confidence so that the issue can be sorted soon.

“If they know who is doing it or why then we would love to know.

“The last thing we want is for something like this to ruin what has become a really nice area to live over the years.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 101.

Alternatively, they can email chris.ready@wigan.gov.uk.

 

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