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Bournemouth Man Convicted Of Poisoning Tree

Bournemouth Echo

31 January 2009 Last Updated on 15 July 2009 Adam Owen

Robert Shaw, of Westminster Road, Branksome Park, used cleaning fluid to try and kill the tree over a 12-month period.

It is believed he was attempting to destroy the tree to aid the future re-development of the property in Panorama Road.

Mr Shaw was convicted under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 at Wimborne Magistrates Court and fined £7,500, including costs and victim surcharge.

Cllr Ron Parker, the Borough of Poole’s cabinet portfolio holder for the economy, said the unusual case was serious enough to merit prosecution.


He said: "The result sends out a clear message that trees are important to Poole’s environment and even attempting to destroy a tree will attract a heavy fine and criminal conviction."