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FYI: Criminal Attempts Act 1981

Subject: FYI: Criminal Attempts Act 1981
From: Adam Owen
Date: Feb 03 2009 13:00:49
Hi,  These were details posted in Bournmouth Echo on 31 January 2009.

Poison plan costs £7,500

A MAN who tried to poison a protected tree in his elderly mother's Sandbanks 
garden has been hit with a fine of thousands of pounds. 

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." 


Adam Owen
Trees & Countryside Manager
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-----Original Message-----
From: John Hearne [] 
Sent: 02 February 2009 14:02
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Criminal Attempts Act 1981

Bournemouth Daily Echo 2/2/09 has an article about a man fined £7,500 for 
attempting to poison a tree in Poole over a 12 month period to aid future 
development. He was convicted under the Criminal Attempts Act, this includes 
costs and a 'victim surcharge'.


Not on the interweb yet but perhaps someone from Poole can elaborate? 


John Hearne
Tree Officer
New Forest National Park Authority
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