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Trees to be cut to deter criminals in Swaffham




Concerns have been raised over criminals hiding in trees in a Swaffham churchyard when targeting victims.

The issue was raised by town pub landlord Rob Bartram during a town council meeting last week.

He said: “I want it taken up as an urgent matter to have the trees knocked down so criminals can’t use them as a cover.”

The trees in question at Swaffham's churchyard. Picture: Graham Edwards (22293598)
The trees in question at Swaffham's churchyard. Picture: Graham Edwards (22293598)

And Conservative councillor Wendy Bensley said: “Someone told me they were rather worried walking through the churchyard because of people hiding in trees.

“It needs to be sorted out as soon as possible.”

The lopping of lower branches was agreed by the council with an inspection taking place at the site at 11am on Thursday.

The trees in question at Swaffham's churchyard (22293608)
The trees in question at Swaffham's churchyard (22293608)

Residents4Residents councillor Graham Edwards added: “It’s the level of growth which is creating what could be campsites for all sorts of undesirables there.

“I would like to see that hacked back. It would take a morning to sort out.”

Mr Edwards’ wife Jennifer said the criminals are also using the branches to climb into neighbouring properties and steal lead.

She said: “The trees are very substantial and the branches are a certain height from the ground which allows them to climb on it.”

The issue will be taken up by the council’s Estates Committee.


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