This week, Weybridge has been subjected to a bizarre form of vandalism – cutting down small trees situated on public land.
Councillor Vicki Macleod was alerted to the first in-town instance – on the green in Thames Street – last Wednesday 31st March by a local resident. She spoke with households in Thames Street and posted on the local Facebook group. She also reported the incident to an Elmbridge Officer in the Green Spaces team and was given the crime reference so she could get through to the police directly.
Later on Wednesday another local resident told Vicki he had seen someone leave the green, get in a red car and drive away. It was only on seeing Vicki’s post that he put two and two together. Vicki passed this information on to the local police – Elmbridge Beat – via Facebook Messenger.
Then at 10.40 that evening Vicki was contacted by one of the people she had spoken with earlier who heard sawing, looked out of the window and spotted an individual who got into a car and sped off. He had come back to cut his tree into three pieces!
Sadly, the following day, Friday, reports came in of another tree that had been cut down outside Manor Court. Then on Saturday there was a report of another tree cut down off the Queen’s Road, by the cricket ground and Manby Lodge School and one in Pantile Road near the Oatlands Recreation ground. Police were called to the cricket ground where there was also a noisy gathering. Unfortunately they did not find the perpetrator.
A red car was spotted near the site of tree vandalism on more than one occasion.
It is not certain whether these incidents are linked to the recent felling of trees at Cowey Sale, along the Desborough Cut and in Walton-on-Thames. If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact Elmbridge Beat and state the crime number 45210028887.