Man arrested after dozens of trees were illegally cut down

Picture: Surrey Police Twitter

A man has been arrested after dozens of trees were illegally cut down in Surrey.

Over the last month more than 30 trees had been sawn down in Elmbridge.

Some were left lying across roads causing traffic disruption.

Members of the public helped police in the search for the culprit.

A car’s number plate was passed on and officers stopped the vehicle.

A later search of the suspect’s home uncovered chain saws and wood chippings.

Police arrested a 24-year-old man who remains in custody as inquiries continue.

Picture: Surrey Police Twitter

Inspector Bert Dean, borough commander for Elmbridge, said:

“This is an encouraging development in this investigation. We continue to piece together the evidence we have.

“Thank you again to the local community for their ongoing patience and support.”

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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.