Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage after snapping in half a number of newly-planted trees.
Dudley Council’s tree inspectors discovered the irreparable damage to the eight Oriental Planes trees on the Birmingham New Road near Aldi this morning.
Despite the trees being protected by wire meshing which stretches up around six feet above the ground, vandals managed to snap each one at the point where the fencing ends at some point over the weekend.
They were only planted just over a year ago, along with a number of others, as part of a Dudley Council project to spruce up the heavily-used commuter route. Each tree has a life expectancy of around 80 years.
Police have been informed and are investigating – and council chiefs have appealed for information to find out the people responsible.
Councillor Hilary Bills, cabinet member for environmental services, said:
“This is senseless vandalism. It would have taken some effort to reach up above the fencing and snap them off, so this is not even a mindless moment of madness.
“It will cost the council thousands of pounds to replace them – if we are even able to - at a time when we are battling to save millions of pounds due to ongoing Government cuts.
“The police have been informed and we want the people responsible to be caught and punished. If anyone has any information or knows who did this, we would urge them to get in touch. Vandalism cannot be tolerated.”
Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on the non-emergency 101 number.