Police and the Vancouver Park Board are attempting to determine who chopped the tops off of eight bushes at Spanish Banks.

The park board stated workers observed the harm, which additionally included severed branches, on Thursday in a grove of conifers on the foot of Tolmie Avenue.

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Officers haven’t settled on an official motive, however park board director Howard Norman stated he has some theories.

“Previous historical past would inform me that it’s any individual that in all probability determined that sooner or later these bushes might impede their view,” he instructed World Information.

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“It seems to be to me that that’s the explanation why. It doesn’t seem like they had been taken for Christmas bushes or some other motive [other] than sooner or later, they may impede any individual’s view.”

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Norman stated the suspects seem to have used a hand noticed, and in some circumstances climbed as excessive as 20 ft to do the harm.

Deliberately damaging bushes is a felony offence and the park board says it plans to hunt “stiff penalties” for whoever is concerned.

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“At any time when we come throughout one thing like this it’s very disappointing that any individual would resolve that it’s okay to go forward and high bushes on public property as a result of these bushes belong to all people in Vancouver,” Norman stated.

There is no such thing as a proof to recommend that owners throughout the road from the park had been concerned within the vandalism.

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Nevertheless, that didn’t cease some individuals from speculating that the culprits had been neighbours involved about their present — or future — views.

These suspicions are usually not stunning given a number of high-profile circumstances in Metro Vancouver lately involving bushes eliminated illegally to enhance views.

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A trio of North Vancouver males had been fined $80,000 in 2014 for reducing down 35 bushes in a single case. In one other, a Vancouver lady escaped with out penalty after admitting to poisoning three bushes in English Bay to enhance the view from her condominium.

The Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver police at the moment are trying to converse with any witnesses to the vandalism and to gather any sprint cam video shot within the space that will maintain clues to the id of the culprits.

-With recordsdata from Jill Bennett and Shrushti Gangdev

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