Stephan Shulte writes:
Yes I said “Criminal” in that if we could catch the culprits who have been vandalising our local trees we could & should try to make a case for prosecution.
I have been asked to make you all aware of the latest round of vandalism in our neighbourhood by our neighbour John from Wharfdale Road. If we enjoy all the trees in our area, it can be safely said that they are only there due to the continued efforts of John and the relationship he has formed with the Council to improve our area.
This latest problem revolves around making dogs strip the bark off our trees which results in the trees dying. When a tree is fully circle bark stripped, the tree cannot be saved and will have to be felled. In this latest act of vandalism, 3 trees, funded by local residents about 15 years ago will die and have to be replaced.
I think you will all agree that this latest bit of vandalism is shameful and we must catch the culprits responsible. Gangs train their dogs to become fighting dogs by teaching them to rip tree bark. We all now have mobile phones that have cameras so please if you see something like this going on snap a picture and send it to our Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team with a few words of explanation. Their email address is: Caledonian.firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I write this several other neighbours have already started to help out with the problem. If we want our area to improve we must all act together.