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Mystery surrounds poisoned trees in Norfolk

By T.K. Randall
October 23, 2017 · Comment icon 5 comments

The trees are protected due to their age and historical significance. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Jim Linwood
Authorities have been investigating a recent 'attack' on a number of protected 200-year-old trees.
The incident, which occurred at Koolunga House in Gorleston, England, saw an unknown individual drill holes in the trunks of eight protected trees before pouring a poisonous substance inside.

"It's a real mystery as to why anyone would want to do it," said council leader Graham Plant. "I don't know what their motive is, but they are doing it and it's got to stop."
Residents of the property have offered a monetary reward for information leading to the culprit's arrest.

"This is part of Gorleston's history, and it isn't just in Koolunga, there's been a 200-year-old beech tree that's been attacked at a neighbouring garden," said Plant.

"It's somebody who has got a motive and their reason for doing things, I don't care what they are, we will do what we can to protect those trees."

Source: BBC News | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Stiff 7 years ago
Or the trees are blocking light to their property. But either way, they would be obvious suspects. Surely anyone living that close wouldn't be stupid enough to do it?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 7 years ago
Perhaps it was someone hoping to occupy one of the flats and was turned down.
Comment icon #3 Posted by UFOwatcher 7 years ago
Someone probably resented having their view blocked. I would suspect someone on a second story or higher. Wonder what is beyond the trees? Not a nice thing to do.
Comment icon #4 Posted by clare256 7 years ago
Someone who doesn't like raking leaves.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 7 years ago
This sort of thing happens all the time in Oz along the beachfront. Trees needed to preserve the beachfront get “mysteriously” poisoned. One local council responded by putting up a big sign saying “TREE KILLED HERE. PLEASE CONTACT THE COUNCIL IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING”. After the sign was mysteriously knocked down a new sign popped up detailing the fines relating to the destruction of council property and a smaller one informing people that servalliance cameras were now in use.

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