Perivale Tree Vandal Fined

Local man caught cutting branches of Mountain Ash


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A man has been ordered to pay more than £2,400 after he was caught vandalising a tree in Tavistock Avenue, Perivale.

Kieran Whitney, who lived in nearby Bideford Avenue, Perivale at the time of the offence, appeared before Ealing magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 5 August, where he was found guilty of criminal damage.

The court heard that Mr Whitney had been seen cutting the branches of the Mountain Ash by a local resident. The council’s envirocrime team investigated the allegations and this resulted in the prosecution.

The court ordered him to pay £2,419.32, which includes a £210 fine for criminal damage, £1,088.32 in compensation to Ealing Council for the loss and replacement of the tree, legal costs of £1,100 and the victim surcharge of £21.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said:

“Ealing has a great reputation for being a leafy borough and it is appalling that anyone would take it upon themselves to damage a tree and ruin the street for their neighbours.

“We take all vandalism cases seriously and I hope that this case will discourage others from undertaking such reckless behaviour.”

Residents can report antisocial acts including fly-tipping and graffiti online on the council’s website:


19th August 2014

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