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Trees on Mumbles foreshore felled after being targeted by vandals

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

By Nino Williams

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VANDALS have once again been blamed for putting people's lives at risk by cutting trees lining Swansea's fore- shore.

Around half a dozen trees along the seafront near Blackpill have been targeted over the past few nights, with branches and trunks being partly severed, forcing Swansea Council to fell them because of the danger risk they posed.

The latest incident comes almost exactly a year after trees were targeted along the same stretch of seafront, from the skate ramp in Blackpill to opposite the Grange Territorial Army Centre.

West Cross resident Michael Butt, who regularly walks his pet dog in the area, said: "Whoever is doing it seems to be doing so in the middle of the night.

"Someone must have seen something. With the amount of trees that have been targeted you would hope city rangers would be in the area to keep an eye on things.

"And if someone is out walking around there in the middle of a night armed with a handsaw or an axe, then that is pretty alarming."

Because the trees have been partly sawn through, they pose a risk of falling, particularly if pulled at.

Last year, when the tree cutting along the front seafront was reported, Swansea Council said trees had also been vandalised in Pantycelyn Road, Townhill.

Underhill Park in Mumbles has also suffered two tree-felling bouts since 2010.

A Swansea Council spokesman said the authority had little choice but to pull down the trees as they posed a risk to the public.

A spokesman said: "This is a totally irresponsible act of vandalism that has not only resulted in the destruction of trees, it has put the lives of the public in danger. The trees were partially sawn through, leaving them at risk of collapsing at any time.

"We had no choice but to cut them down to protect the public. "The incident has been reported to the police and we would urge anyone with information to come forward."

Police say they are investigating the latest incidents.

A spokesman said: "South Wales Police can confirm that they are investigating, following a complaint from the city council that a number of trees on the sea front between Mayals Road and the skate board ramp on Oystermouth Road have been deliberately cut down or damaged over the weekend."

Officers are appealing to anyone with information to contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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