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Vandals damage children’s play area and village trees

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 August 2016

Further damage in Acle to property and gardens including this sapling destroyed planted by residents on the verges. Picture: Submitted

Further damage in Acle to property and gardens including this sapling destroyed planted by residents on the verges. Picture: Submitted

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A spate of vandalism in a Broads village is being investigated by the police.

Two young trees in Acle have been snapped in half in as many weeks.

A cherry tree was snapped off at ground level in The Drive, as was the post it was attached to, between 7pm and 10.30pm on August 9.

Meanwhile in New Road a silver birch tree was damaged in a garden between 7pm last Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday.

In a children’s play area at the Recreation Ground in Bridewell Lane bottles were left smashed and scattered.

Elsewhere in the village a plant pot was smashed in a garden.

Parish council Tony Hemmingway said he would be looking closer at the damage. He said: “We are very upset by the vandalism. There are a lot of silly things that happen in the village, like the other day a water cart used for gardening had the air in its tyres let down.”

Parish clerk, Pauline James said while the incidents were disappointing, it was important to view them in context as events like this were rare.

She added: “We live in one of the safest places in the country. It is important to keep in perspective.”

If you have any information about any of the incidents, or if you wish to report another one, contact Norfolk police on 101.

Alternatively you can anonymously call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111 or use their web form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information

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