11 June 2005

BBC

Arrested tree protest trio freed


Some of the trees were 150-years-old

Three people have been arrested but were later released in a row over trees more than 150-years-old being chopped down in Bangor, County Down.

Contractors moved in to chop down the beech, ash and chestnut trees on the boundary of an old detached property in the Beeches area at about 0730 BST.

Protesters, including local MP Lady Sylvia Hermon, tried to stop them.

Cutting stopped for a time while police searched the trees for nesting birds. No birds were found and work resumed.

There was no "for sale" sign nor any indication the property had changed hands.

It is understood that, as yet, no planning application has been lodged by the developer who owns the site.

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