Bounty offered for tree vandals
A Bray group is offering a bounty for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for a vandal attack which laid waste to a tree planting programme in the town last week.
A furious Beautiful Bray Association said that they would also consider taking civil court action to sue the perpetrators for damages, if they are found.
The angry response came from the BBA in the wake of a two-night attack by vandals which destroyed close to 20 double-flowering cherry trees which had been planted along Killarney Road during the spring.
On Saturday around six of them were broken by vandals on Saturday night, and on the following night they returned and broke another 12.
The Killarney Road tree planting was one of the major landscaping projects undertaken by the group during the sprint, and cost close to £500.
Group spokesman Dermot De Barra said that the weekend incident was sadly just the latest in an ongoing spate of mindless vandalism which he said was an attack on not just the BBA but on the community at large.
‘We are trying our best to enhance the appearance of the town for the benefit of everyone who lives here,’ he said. ‘Yet there are repeated attacks which go unchecked, and undermine many of the efforts which are being undertaken.
‘We are offering a reward for anyone who is prepared to give us information about this latest attack. And if the gardai to succeed in locating those responsible, we are also preparing to sue them privately ourselves, and make them pay for the cost of the damage that has been done.’