Vandals are being hunted after an attack on trees in a popular Middlesbrough park.
Around 20 trees have been severely damaged or felled in the incident in Thorntree Park.
The damage – thought to have been inflicted with an axe or machete-type weapon within the last week – was reported by a member of the public on Monday (February 11).
The attack happened in an area to the rear of Thorntree Park close to the path which runs alongside Spencer Beck, which is well used by the public for dog walking and access to Skippers Lane and nearby shops.
The damaged trees are mainly young silver birch, oak, ash and cherry.
Councillor Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Environment and Commercial Services, said: “This sort of mindless vandalism simply defies belief and those responsible are beneath contempt.
“Trees are a vital and much cherished part of our public open spaces, and this act of wanton destruction is an attack on civilised values.
“I would urge anyone with information on those responsible to come forward to ensure they are dealt with appropriately.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 quoting Event 24087, or Middlesbrough Council's Contact Centre on 01642 726001.