Councillor's plea for CCTV to help protect Bury neighbourhood targeted by vandals
A Bury St Edmunds councillor is calling for CCTV to be installed in a neighbourhood targeted by vandals.
St Edmundsbury borough councillor Julia Wakelam issued the plea after a tree was snapped and another uprooted on Thingoe Hill on Friday night.
Two other trees were damaged in April and cars vandalised – including Cllr Wakelam's – in nearby Northgate Avenue about three weeks ago.
Green Cllr Wakelam, who said there has also been a 'big increase' in litter and graffiti in the area, is calling on the borough council to install CCTV either end of Malthouse Lane to include the Thingoe Hill and Malthouse Bridge area.
She said: "We need CCTV down there. It's just heartbreaking to ruin people's environment like that. It was a beautiful tree and we need trees there to keep our air clear.
"We seem to have had a big increase in graffiti and litter throughout the town.
"What possible pleasure could they get out of doing that - it just beggars belief."
A resident replanted the tree which was uprooted.
A council spokesman said that 'helping support community safety and the work of the police is a priority'.
He added: "While we have not been made aware of vandalism in the area we will ask the police about any local incidents and what is the best way forward collectively to tackle the problem.
"As part of that work we would include talking to Cllr Wakelam about her concerns and ideas going forward."