Bounty of­fered for tree van­dals

June 1998

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.’

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