Mystery Darwen axeman hunted after attack on trees

Couns Paul Browne, left, and Roy Davies with the damaged tree in Olive Lane park

Couns Paul Browne, left, and Roy Davies with the damaged tree in Olive Lane park

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A MYSTERY axeman has struck in a Darwen park, seemingly trying to chop down trees.

Damage has been done to branches in Olive Lane park, with branches snapped off and huge chunks taken out.

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And Sudell councillor Roy Davies, who spotted the damage while on a regular litter pick, has urged people to help him find out who has been doing it.

He said: “I have been litter picking more as there are more children out because of the school holidays. In some places it looks like someone has been sawing branches off.

“And then I noticed someone has taken a great big axe to one of them and it looks like someone is trying to chop it down. I could not believe it. It looks like they have been doing a little bit every day.”

Coun Davies said he reported the incident to the police and the council. He said: “The council staff just shrugged their shoulders.

“Then I rang the police station and they said I should ring 101, who then told me I need to contact the local station again.

“I want people to tell us who has been chopping the trees.

“We have to get something done about it. A lot of work has been done to improve Olive Lane park and I am hurt, to be honest. I am down there every day and when I am just getting on top of it someone comes and does something like this.

“It just makes you think ‘what is the point?’”

A police spokeswoman said: “Minor damage has been done to the tree and the marks on it make it appear that it was hacked. We can’t say for sure what was used.

“If anybody saw anything suspicious in the area at the time they should call the police on 101 quoting reference EA1417733.”

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11:00am Thu 14 Aug 14

juanbbien says...

There some bloody idiots about I wonder if this member of society ever thought of doing constructive for the human race
There some bloody idiots about I wonder if this member of society ever thought of doing constructive for the human race juanbbien
  • Score: 15

11:06am Thu 14 Aug 14

phil kernot says...

Be some plastic gangsta chav carrying a axe for his own protection ,,
Be some plastic gangsta chav carrying a axe for his own protection ,, phil kernot
  • Score: 13

1:30pm Thu 14 Aug 14

onsidecobra says...

A police spokeswoman said, "Minor damage has been done to the tree". It certainly doesn't look like minor damage to me. Someone out there is carrying an axe for goodness sake!
A police spokeswoman said, "Minor damage has been done to the tree". It certainly doesn't look like minor damage to me. Someone out there is carrying an axe for goodness sake! onsidecobra
  • Score: 16

2:28pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Pan-cake says...

onsidecobra wrote:
A police spokeswoman said, "Minor damage has been done to the tree". It certainly doesn't look like minor damage to me. Someone out there is carrying an axe for goodness sake!
Unbelievable quote!
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: A police spokeswoman said, "Minor damage has been done to the tree". It certainly doesn't look like minor damage to me. Someone out there is carrying an axe for goodness sake![/p][/quote]Unbelievable quote! Pan-cake
  • Score: 10

4:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

the usher says...

Why bother finding out who did this disgraceful act. they will only slap his wrists and tell him not to do it again. This is the state of our country at the moment. There is no deterrent and no proper punishment. The sooner we get back to standards of the 30's and 40's and make "punishment fit the crime" the better for this country. Unfortunately we have a very soft set of politicans and too many do-gooders!
Why bother finding out who did this disgraceful act. they will only slap his wrists and tell him not to do it again. This is the state of our country at the moment. There is no deterrent and no proper punishment. The sooner we get back to standards of the 30's and 40's and make "punishment fit the crime" the better for this country. Unfortunately we have a very soft set of politicans and too many do-gooders! the usher
  • Score: 10

5:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Pegasus216 says...

Check out the houses behind the tree, lot if scrotes live there who are up to no good...including riding around on unlicensed scooters and bikes and strut around swilling beer and throwing rubbish...just saying
G
Check out the houses behind the tree, lot if scrotes live there who are up to no good...including riding around on unlicensed scooters and bikes and strut around swilling beer and throwing rubbish...just saying G Pegasus216
  • Score: 11

10:58pm Thu 14 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Pegasus216 wrote:
Check out the houses behind the tree, lot if scrotes live there who are up to no good...including riding around on unlicensed scooters and bikes and strut around swilling beer and throwing rubbish...just saying
G
Ooh no crimes of the Century
[quote][p][bold]Pegasus216[/bold] wrote: Check out the houses behind the tree, lot if scrotes live there who are up to no good...including riding around on unlicensed scooters and bikes and strut around swilling beer and throwing rubbish...just saying G[/p][/quote]Ooh no crimes of the Century 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -6

12:23am Fri 15 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Pegasus216 wrote:
Check out the houses behind the tree, lot if scrotes live there who are up to no good...including riding around on unlicensed scooters and bikes and strut around swilling beer and throwing rubbish...just saying
G
Ooh no crimes of the Century
Your birth = biggest crime of the century.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pegasus216[/bold] wrote: Check out the houses behind the tree, lot if scrotes live there who are up to no good...including riding around on unlicensed scooters and bikes and strut around swilling beer and throwing rubbish...just saying G[/p][/quote]Ooh no crimes of the Century[/p][/quote]Your birth = biggest crime of the century. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 1

9:34am Fri 15 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Pegasus216 wrote:
Check out the houses behind the tree, lot if scrotes live there who are up to no good...including riding around on unlicensed scooters and bikes and strut around swilling beer and throwing rubbish...just saying
G
Ooh no crimes of the Century
No, but this is a "local interest" story, and this just happens to be a LOCAL newspaper.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pegasus216[/bold] wrote: Check out the houses behind the tree, lot if scrotes live there who are up to no good...including riding around on unlicensed scooters and bikes and strut around swilling beer and throwing rubbish...just saying G[/p][/quote]Ooh no crimes of the Century[/p][/quote]No, but this is a "local interest" story, and this just happens to be a LOCAL newspaper. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 4

7:49pm Fri 15 Aug 14

camel says...

What's new about chopping a few trees down in Darren, we always went out in the Top park and over 'Fathers' up Radford Street to chop a few trees and branches down running up to Bonfire Night, just glad the tradition is still going strong in Darren
What's new about chopping a few trees down in Darren, we always went out in the Top park and over 'Fathers' up Radford Street to chop a few trees and branches down running up to Bonfire Night, just glad the tradition is still going strong in Darren camel
  • Score: 0

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