A thriller tree-feller is chain-sawing down timber underneath the quilt of darkness.
Nobody has any concept why, however greater than 50 timber have been hacked down and easily left strewn on the bottom in varied places across the small Surrey city of Weybridge within the borough of Elmbridge.
Residents have fashioned a Fb motion group known as Elmbridge Tree Patrol to try to cease the audacious lumberjack, they accuse of “senseless vandalism”.
It now has greater than 1,000 members.
However, regardless of late-night patrols, the trawling of hours of CCTV footage, appeals for doorbell cam movies, and even the usage of quantity plate recognition expertise, police are not any nearer to figuring out the perpetrator or perpetrators.
The feller has even minimize down memorial timber, leaving households devastated.
Resident Tony Callaghan instructed Sky Information: “It simply appears to be nothing greater than spiteful. There doesn’t appear to be another cause for it.”
He mentioned the chain-sawing had been occurring for not less than a month and round 50 timber had been destroyed.
“It’s such a horrible factor and no one is aware of why it’s taking place – however the largest conjecture has been round how they’re doing it.”
He mentioned quite a lot of conspiracy theories had been developed concerning the form of chainsaw getting used.
“Some say it should be a battery noticed as a result of petrol ones make a lot noise,” he mentioned. “Different individuals say they’ve seen a purple automotive close by, others say they’re perhaps utilizing a moped to get away.
“One of many latest timber had a bouquet positioned on it and was a memorial to somebody’s mom – it is actually unhappy.”
He mentioned the primary timber to be focused had been ones lining the River Thames between Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames, in addition to into the neighbouring city of Cobham.
There was then a brief interval the place the feller appeared to have stopped, however final weekend one other eight had been chopped down.
“These had been very nice cherry timber, nearly to blossom,” Mr Callaghan added.
Inspector Bert Dean, commander of Elbridge Police described the incidents as “extremely unhappy”.
He added: “Not solely are these timber a haven for wildlife however they bring about a lot pleasure to our group.
“I’m chatting with native councillors who’re more and more involved at this problem and we overview each little bit of proof we will to try to determine who’s doing this.
“We proceed with our patrols into the evening, while additionally responding to emergencies.”
Many residents have come ahead and supplied to mount night-time patrols in assist, however police are advising in opposition to it, largely as a result of the individual is carrying a chainsaw.
However an Elmbridge police spokeswoman mentioned officers do want public assist in different methods.
“Whoever is doing that is all over – and it’s actually sporadic, so we do want the general public’s assist,” she mentioned.
Police have already made many enquiries following a number of calls from the general public however are actually additionally asking for any digital proof of the suspect to be shared with them.