A POLICE investigation into reports two large oak trees near Poole Harbour were killed by vandals has concluded with no arrests made.

Dorset Police carried out enquiries in relation to two 70ft tall oak trees which had holes drilled into their trunks and poison poured inside.

The trees are located on the edge of Whitecliff Recreation Ground between the water and homes that sell for millions of pounds.

BCP Council reported the criminal damage matter to police following an examination by the local authority's arboricultural officer, who had confirmed the trees were dead and foul play was to blame.

In September last year, a local authority spokesperson said a third tree at Baiter car park had also died.

Providing an update on January 27, a Dorset Police spokesman said: "Officers carried out enquiries into this matter and no arrests were made.

"The investigation has now concluded. As with any investigation, we would explore any new lines of enquiry should they emerge."

The situation first came to light when residents noticed the trees failed to leaf in early 2021.

Following the council's initial enquires, residents in the area denied any knowledge of the attack and slammed the "selfish vandalism".

Bournemouth Echo: Community leaders and residents hit out at the vandalism. Picture: BNPSCommunity leaders and residents hit out at the vandalism. Picture: BNPS

Parkstone ward councillor Ann Stribley said: "People are outraged. This is vandalism of the worst kind and is totally selfish."

John Challinor, chairman of the Parkstone Bay Residents Association, added: "It's environmental vandalism. These trees take a long time to grow and add so much to the park and for wildlife."

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