Poole park’s berry laden holly tree vandalised by thieves in broad daylight

Bournemouth Echo: VANDALISED: Russ Fisher in front of the holly tree VANDALISED: Russ Fisher in front of the holly tree

A BERRY laden holly tree has been damaged by thieves who stripped it back in a Poole park in broad daylight.

The audacious thieves rolled up in a flatbed lorry to the Ashley Cross green and used a ladder to climb the mature 10metre tall tree and a chain-saw to strip the branches.

When confronted by Lucy Cooper, president of Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce, the men claimed to be from the council.

“It’s environmental vandalism,” said Mike Fry, who saw what took place when the four men descended on Parkstone Park, which is part of a conservation area.

“They had high vis jackets and hats on and they looked the part,” he said.

“But they were just helping themselves.”

His suspicions were aroused by their method of working, the cavalier way they used the chainsaw – climbing the ladder with it running – cutting the tree from the top and leaving untidy boughs sticking out.

Borough of Poole was contacted about the incident which took place in the early afternoon of Friday November 29 at their park.

The lorry load of holly will have been destined for sale at a market or made into wreaths and sold at vast profit. But the loss of around 30 per cent of the best holly tree in the park has left it permanently scarred.

“If they get away with it they will be back next year,” he added.

Lucy Cooper said she realised that what they were doing was not right and reported it to the council. She added: “It’s not very festive on the green this year.”

Russ Fisher, senior arboricultural officer, Borough of Poole, said: “The removal of vast quantities of holly branches has left the tree permanently disfigured and unlikely to grow back to its previous state, impacting on the natural features in this popular park.

“We would encourage anyone who witnessed this incident to contact us on 01202 633316.”

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2:09pm Sun 15 Dec 13

a.g.o.g. says...

So why wait over 2 weeks to publish ??
So why wait over 2 weeks to publish ?? a.g.o.g.

2:25pm Sun 15 Dec 13

burgerboy says...

Was the registration number of the flat bed lorry not taken by Lucy Cooper when it was realized all was not right !!!!
Was the registration number of the flat bed lorry not taken by Lucy Cooper when it was realized all was not right !!!! burgerboy

2:26pm Sun 15 Dec 13

static kill says...

a.g.o.g. wrote:
So why wait over 2 weeks to publish ??
Because there have been more important things like chihuahuas to report.
[quote][p][bold]a.g.o.g.[/bold] wrote: So why wait over 2 weeks to publish ??[/p][/quote]Because there have been more important things like chihuahuas to report. static kill

2:31pm Sun 15 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

This article is not exactly 'hot off the press' is it, two weeks ago the public just might have been able to assist. Who has been just sitting on this story for all that time, because it does not really make sense to publish it now.
This article is not exactly 'hot off the press' is it, two weeks ago the public just might have been able to assist. Who has been just sitting on this story for all that time, because it does not really make sense to publish it now. muscliffman

2:50pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Wackerone says...

Our travelling friends no doubt, end of!
Our travelling friends no doubt, end of! Wackerone

3:20pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Tig says...

burgerboy wrote:
Was the registration number of the flat bed lorry not taken by Lucy Cooper when it was realized all was not right !!!!
Yes.
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: Was the registration number of the flat bed lorry not taken by Lucy Cooper when it was realized all was not right !!!![/p][/quote]Yes. Tig

3:39pm Sun 15 Dec 13

burgerboy says...

Tig wrote:
burgerboy wrote:
Was the registration number of the flat bed lorry not taken by Lucy Cooper when it was realized all was not right !!!!
Yes.
Is that "yes" it was or yes you agree with me Tig ?.
[quote][p][bold]Tig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: Was the registration number of the flat bed lorry not taken by Lucy Cooper when it was realized all was not right !!!![/p][/quote]Yes.[/p][/quote]Is that "yes" it was or yes you agree with me Tig ?. burgerboy

3:48pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Tig says...

Yes, it was taken.
Yes, it was taken. Tig

4:13pm Sun 15 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

No doubt false plates if they had the neck to do that.

Nice to see the council urgently responded when they got the call.
No doubt false plates if they had the neck to do that. Nice to see the council urgently responded when they got the call. BIGTONE

4:38pm Sun 15 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Could it have been the council,many years ago when i patrolled Poole Park,i caught council gardeners nicking plants to take down to a local councillors big garden !.
Could it have been the council,many years ago when i patrolled Poole Park,i caught council gardeners nicking plants to take down to a local councillors big garden !. pete woodley

4:59pm Sun 15 Dec 13

ashleycross says...

Well done to Lucy for reporting it. I would have done the same. The trouble with reporting someone to the police who says they are from the council is that you might be had up for wasting police time. I use Poole Park a lot and would point out that the vehicles used by the maintenance people tend to be have logos on them. Even reporting the number plates of a lorry like this would allow the police to check them against the owner to see if it is the council's contractors. I'm not trying to be a know all here, it's just pretty obvious that they will be back. Could we have some kind of statement from the well established council contractors Continental Landscapes published as a follow up story Daily Echo, so that we can see how to recognize that they are genuine.
Well done to Lucy for reporting it. I would have done the same. The trouble with reporting someone to the police who says they are from the council is that you might be had up for wasting police time. I use Poole Park a lot and would point out that the vehicles used by the maintenance people tend to be have logos on them. Even reporting the number plates of a lorry like this would allow the police to check them against the owner to see if it is the council's contractors. I'm not trying to be a know all here, it's just pretty obvious that they will be back. Could we have some kind of statement from the well established council contractors Continental Landscapes published as a follow up story Daily Echo, so that we can see how to recognize that they are genuine. ashleycross

5:19pm Sun 15 Dec 13

EGHH says...

Perhaps if someone had called the Police they may have been caught. The Police do not prosecute for wasting their time when a suspicious event happens. Police advice is to ring when a caller claims they are from an utility company / council and you are not satisfied that they are. Lucy should have asked for ID, the company they work for and a phone number of the council department who authorised the work. I'm betting they would have scarpered!
Perhaps if someone had called the Police they may have been caught. The Police do not prosecute for wasting their time when a suspicious event happens. Police advice is to ring when a caller claims they are from an utility company / council and you are not satisfied that they are. Lucy should have asked for ID, the company they work for and a phone number of the council department who authorised the work. I'm betting they would have scarpered! EGHH

5:32pm Sun 15 Dec 13

portia6 says...

static kill wrote:
a.g.o.g. wrote:
So why wait over 2 weeks to publish ??
Because there have been more important things like chihuahuas to report.
They were the three Musketeers very cavalier!
[quote][p][bold]static kill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a.g.o.g.[/bold] wrote: So why wait over 2 weeks to publish ??[/p][/quote]Because there have been more important things like chihuahuas to report.[/p][/quote]They were the three Musketeers very cavalier! portia6

6:10pm Sun 15 Dec 13

we-shall-see says...

EGHH wrote:
Perhaps if someone had called the Police they may have been caught. The Police do not prosecute for wasting their time when a suspicious event happens. Police advice is to ring when a caller claims they are from an utility company / council and you are not satisfied that they are. Lucy should have asked for ID, the company they work for and a phone number of the council department who authorised the work. I'm betting they would have scarpered!
The Police were highly unlikely to turn out to a call reporting someone cutting down a tree …….. lets be fair, they are normally hard pressed to bother turning out to pretty much anything these days - like when my neighbour got burgled for instance :o/
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if someone had called the Police they may have been caught. The Police do not prosecute for wasting their time when a suspicious event happens. Police advice is to ring when a caller claims they are from an utility company / council and you are not satisfied that they are. Lucy should have asked for ID, the company they work for and a phone number of the council department who authorised the work. I'm betting they would have scarpered![/p][/quote]The Police were highly unlikely to turn out to a call reporting someone cutting down a tree …….. lets be fair, they are normally hard pressed to bother turning out to pretty much anything these days - like when my neighbour got burgled for instance :o/ we-shall-see

7:21pm Sun 15 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

what's all this then
burglars breaking into bedsits
and leaving loot behind for georges
tell me another
what's all this then burglars breaking into bedsits and leaving loot behind for georges tell me another nickynoodah

7:57pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Tig says...

EGHH wrote:
Perhaps if someone had called the Police they may have been caught. The Police do not prosecute for wasting their time when a suspicious event happens. Police advice is to ring when a caller claims they are from an utility company / council and you are not satisfied that they are. Lucy should have asked for ID, the company they work for and a phone number of the council department who authorised the work. I'm betting they would have scarpered!
I know she did all that and, as a result, they packed up and left straight away. They had 'ID'.
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if someone had called the Police they may have been caught. The Police do not prosecute for wasting their time when a suspicious event happens. Police advice is to ring when a caller claims they are from an utility company / council and you are not satisfied that they are. Lucy should have asked for ID, the company they work for and a phone number of the council department who authorised the work. I'm betting they would have scarpered![/p][/quote]I know she did all that and, as a result, they packed up and left straight away. They had 'ID'. Tig

8:00pm Sun 15 Dec 13

alasdair1967 says...

Daffodils in spring holly in winter always something going missing in Poole park
Daffodils in spring holly in winter always something going missing in Poole park alasdair1967

8:32pm Sun 15 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

Soap missing 52 weeks per year
no soap no bath
= save water.
Soap missing 52 weeks per year no soap no bath = save water. nickynoodah

11:04pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Buddles says...

There is always something that people just get greedy over, to make a fast buck. The concept of taking a little so everybody can have a chance to enjoy something is an alien concept to these gangs.
It happens with mistletoe, mushrooms and fungi in the Forest and now holly.
Not forgetting the aforementioned daffodils. I had to laugh this year, Mothering Sunday was quite early and hardly any daffodils were blooming......hehehe
! Not many freebie bunches of daffs.
There is always something that people just get greedy over, to make a fast buck. The concept of taking a little so everybody can have a chance to enjoy something is an alien concept to these gangs. It happens with mistletoe, mushrooms and fungi in the Forest and now holly. Not forgetting the aforementioned daffodils. I had to laugh this year, Mothering Sunday was quite early and hardly any daffodils were blooming......hehehe ! Not many freebie bunches of daffs. Buddles

11:31pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Tictock says...

Slooooooooooooow wet day in the Echo office then?
Slooooooooooooow wet day in the Echo office then? Tictock

7:52am Mon 16 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

pete woodley wrote:
Could it have been the council,many years ago when i patrolled Poole Park,i caught council gardeners nicking plants to take down to a local councillors big garden !.
You are not saying there is fiddling going on in Local Government are you Pete.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Could it have been the council,many years ago when i patrolled Poole Park,i caught council gardeners nicking plants to take down to a local councillors big garden !.[/p][/quote]You are not saying there is fiddling going on in Local Government are you Pete. Lord Spring

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