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Birmingham's 'axeman' strikes again as more trees are given the chop

2015-05-21 20:07:01

TreesTrees chopped down on the River Cole by the Grand Union Canal in Small Heath

Birmingham’s ‘axeman’ has struck again, causing a trail of destruction by mindlessly chopping down trees.

The latest attack happened near the River Cole, where it is thought that four were given the chop.

The city has been hit by a string of mindless vandalism which has left the park rangers and police baffled.

The Mail revealed that first Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston was targeted, with four beautiful blossoming cherry trees hacked on May 5.

It then emerged that Farm Park, a little over two miles away in Sparkbrook, also saw six trees attacked on the same night.

The latest known incident happened next to the River Cole where it goes underneath Grand Union Canal in Small Heath, which is close to Ackers ski centre.

And a city park ranger also revealed that another attack had been spotted on Wednesday in Blackberry Way, Sparkhill.

One local blogger, who asked not to be named, pictured the River Cole incident, and has described the person responsible as a ‘moron’.

He said: “They must have taken years to grow and then someone comes along and cuts them down in half an hour of sheer stupidity. It’s just pathetic.”

The string of attacks has left political leaders furious, and speaking of the cherry trees being chopped down, Coun James Hutchings (Con, Edgbaston) said: “My reaction is one of complete disgust that we have people like this in our world and in our society.

“Cannon Hill Park is there for the public good and is very important not just for the people who live there but for the association with the Midlands Art Centre, which draws people in from outside the city and means all sorts of people visit the park.”

Further condemnation was voiced on the Birmingham Mail’s Facebook page.

Cheryl Goodenough wrote: “What is wrong with people? Why are they walking around with an axe?

“Plus we are so lucky to have beautiful park land in Birmingham with great facilities on them, just for idiots to come and ruin it. People will soon moan if it was all built on.”

Cannon Hill Park opened in 1873 after being donated to the people of Birmingham by local benefactor Miss Louisa Ryland.

Farm Park, which has a playground and views of the city centre, survived the 2006 tornado which damaged some of its trees.

West Midlands Police has confirmed they are investigating the incidents - and appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 101

Anyone who wants to report an attack can also call the ranger service on 0121 464 8728.

TreesTrees chopped down on the River Cole by the Grand Union Canal in Small Heath

TreesTwo trees have been axed down by vandals in Farm Park in Sparkbrook

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