Police are investigating estimated damage of £2,000 to a number of trees in Dungiven.
Mairead McCormack, manager of Glenshane Community Development Limited, which owns Glenshane Business Park, say four trees were “deliberately damaged at Glenshane Business Park in Dungiven”.
“These fully mature trees stand adjacent to The Arches housing estate,” said Ms McCormick. “The trees had a three-inch deep incision made around the circumference and the bark was peeled off, approximately 18 inches up from the ground. Pellipar Tree Services have confirmed that the trees cannot be saved after this act.”
Ms McCormick added: “This act of criminal damage has been reported to the police and we would request that anyone with any information co-operates with the police investigation.”
PSNI Inspector Jenny Hudson said the damage was reported to police on Wednesday, but is thought to have been caused over the course of the previous week. The cost of the damage has been put at £2,000, said police.
Police urge anyone with information to call them on the non-emergency number, 101, or by calling the Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.