Dangerous tree chopped down after vandalism

Damaged tree at Artindale, South Bretton EMN-150425-001040009

Damaged tree at Artindale, South Bretton EMN-150425-001040009

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A tree was left dangerously damaged after residents tried to chop it down - but failed to remove the trunk.

Mystery surrounds who was behind the attack on the mature tree in Artindale in Bretton.

Damaged tree at Artindale, South Bretton EMN-150423-223216009

Damaged tree at Artindale, South Bretton EMN-150423-223216009

The tree, part of a ‘shelter belt’ between Bretton Way and housing, was left hanging by a thread by the amateur tree fellers, and could have fallen over into the road. The tree was cut down safely on Thursday.

Axiom Housing, who are responsible for the tree, said they had attended the scene to make it safe as soon as they were aware of the problem.

A spokeswoman said: “We had not been contacted by any residents about this, but as soon as we heard our estate maintenance team went down to make sure it was safe.

“We looked at the tree about 12 months ago, but we could not do anything to it as Peterborough City Council told us it was part of a barrier.

“It seems since then a member of the public has tried to cut the tree down themselves, but they have left it in a bad state.

“We do not know who has done this.”

The spokeswoman said they would not be contacting police about the damage.

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “It is highly probable that Axiom have a covenant which means they have to maintain the shelterbelt by Bretton Way in this area.

“Any tree which is removed because of vandalism would have to be replaced.”

A spokesman for Amey, who run tree maintenance for Peterborough City Council said they had attended the scene on Thursday, but had been unable to do anything about the situation because it was Axiom Housing’s responsibility.