Vandals snap seven young trees in half at a popular Harborough park
The offenders have been branded “mindless” by Cllr Peter James after they ran amok at Little Bowden Recreation Ground
Vandals who have destroyed seven young trees at a popular Market Harborough park have been slammed by a local councillor.
The offenders have been branded “mindless” by Cllr Peter James after they ran amok at Little Bowden Recreation Ground on Northampton Road.
The culprits snapped the saplings in half and cut support straps holding them up in the “systematic” late-night attack.
They struck just two weeks after the trees were planted by Harborough District Council.
Cllr James, who represents Little Bowden on the council, said: “This is just mindless behaviour.
“I cannot begin to understand the mentality of the idiots who wrecked these trees.
“It simply defies belief why anyone would to wreak such damage.”
The furious Liberal Democrat councillor visited the park on Monday to see the damage for himself and talk to shocked local people.
“I’m told that a group of young people gathered there in the park at about midnight on Saturday.
“That’s when this vandalism was carried out,” said Cllr James.
“Residents who spoke to me are shocked – they’re just in despair.
“Little Bowden rec is a very popular park – families and dog-walkers love it.
“We try to improve the park and our environment by planting new trees.
“So these vandals come along and destroy them.
“This was systematic, too, because they ranged all over the park carrying out this damage.
“It was deliberate – there’s no doubt about that,” said Cllr James.
“I’ll also be talking to the police about this.
“And if anyone has any information they should call the police straight away.
“I’m calling for these trees to be replaced as soon as possible.
“We can’t give in to the mindless people who did this,” declared Cllr James.
A Harborough council spokeswoman said: “The vandalism of these trees is very saddening.
“Our Covid marshalls do patrol the parks regularly but unfortunately they cannot be there 24/7.
“We are investigating and will be looking at CCTV coverage in the area and working with police, who will be doing house-to-house enquiries.
“We urge residents to contact police on 101 if they have information about this incident, or if they see vandalism taking place.”
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said they are launching an investigation as they hunt the vandals.
If you have any information about the incident you are being asked to call police on 101, quoting crime number 21*159275.