Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C


Martlesham: Businessman “sickened” by destruction of trees offers reward to help catch vandals

17:39 02 May 2014

Trees in Martlesham Heath destroyed by vandals

Trees in Martlesham Heath destroyed by vandals


A Martlesham businessman has said he is so sickened by the senseless vandalism of freshly planted trees in his village that he’s putting up a reward for information on the perpetrators.


Jonathan Waters, an estate agent, is offering £50 to anybody who can provide information which results in the prosecution of vandals who snapped nine trees.

The trees were planted last year on a stretch of grass along Demesne Gardens, adjacent to Eagle Way in Martlesham at a cost of over £1,000, paid by local householders.

Only days after being planted mindless vandals pushed them over and caused considerable damage, only the tender care of a tree surgeon was enough to restore them to full health.

However in the early morning of Easter Saturday this year the trees were maliciously snapped, meaning they cannot be saved.

Mr Waters said: “I drive past those trees every day and saw them being planted and my family live on the Heath and my two daughters. I thought how nice the trees were and how nice that someone had gone to the effort of planting them.

“I was sickened to see the trees snapped when I went past on Easter Sunday morning to pick up my daughter.”

Diane Bennett, admin secretary with Martlesham Heath Householders Ltd which paid for the trees, said she was “very happy” to hear about the reward.

“The trees were the result of quite a few years of hard work and were put there to enhance the area,” she said.

“I think the whole village was really disgusted by it and upset, so many people have called and rung the police and are really disappointed that this has happened.”



  • Victor, you are a total fool.

    Report this comment

    Lee Davies

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • You should add £50 too Victor if you think it's not enough. Jonathan could build up a movement for others to chip in and make it worth someone's while to bring the hoodlums that did this to justice.

    Report this comment


    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Mindless vandalism....... £50? I like Johnathans thinking but really £50 from an estate agent owner! (not much of an incentive)

    Report this comment

    Victor Meldrew

    Friday, May 2, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Woman conned by bogus caller (Stock photo)

A Hadleigh woman who lost £2,500 in a police scam has warned others to be alert to the crime.

Members of the nursing team at Ipswich Hospital.

Carers and visitors of people being looked after at Ipswich Hospital will next month be able to spend more time with patients as new extended visiting hours are introduced.

She was last seen in the area of Downside Close in Ipswich.

Concern is growing for a 49-year-old woman who has gone missing in Ipswich.

Part of Sue Brooks' photograph of pupils and staff at Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, in 1952. Are you in the picture?

I recently asked readers if they had memories of Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, which was in Fonnereau Road, close to High Street.

Essex police are investigating a robbery at Jaywick.

An 88-year-old Essex man suffered a broken hip when he was knocked to the ground by robbers who burst into his Jaywick home.

Doors reopen on the new look East of England Co-op Daily store in Woodbridge Thoroughfare. Staff members, left to right, Chloe Williams, James Buckles, Shirley Pierce.

Shoppers were greeted by the sight of a new-look Co-op on their high street yesterday, when a Suffolk branch of the store reopened following three weeks of refurbishment.

HGV drink-driver in court

A lorry driver carrying a trailer full of wine has admitted dangerous driving when weaving between lanes on the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Dan Poulter with Lord Robert Winston

ES 18.3.11

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet training day at Elstree film studios in Hertfordshire has come under fire from Conservative MP and former minister Dr Dan Poulter.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenager must pay nearly £300 in fines and court costs after admitting being drunk and disorderly in Kesgrave.

Ipswich Park and Ride. Martlesham.

The two remaining park and ride sites in Ipswich could close in three years’ time if there is not a substantial increase in the number of motorists using them.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24