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Mystery of A2 tree damage at Newington, near Sittingbourne

Residents are up in arms after lines of trees were damaged in a mystery attack.

Donna Brazier-Edwards‎ arrived home from shopping in Sittingbourne to discover conifers in her front garden had been hacked and branches ripped off.

Tree damage on the A2 at Newington near Sittingbourne
Tree damage on the A2 at Newington near Sittingbourne

Neighbours also reported trees had been damaged along the A2 London Road from Newington to Key Street roundabout at Sittingbourne.

Power cables had also been brought down.

Mrs Brazier-Edwards discovered the damage at 1.30pm on Thursday.

She said: "The police had to stop and clear the branches from the road because of the danger to the traffic. There was such a horrendous mess on the road, footpath and our property. It also caused damage to our front wall."

It is unknown how the trees were damaged but some believe the branches could have been ripped off by a passing lorry or cut by council contractors.

Tree damage on the A2 at Newington near Sittingbourne
Tree damage on the A2 at Newington near Sittingbourne

A police spokesman said: "We were called to two incidents of fallen tree branches blocking the A2 near Sittingbourne on Thursday afternoon.

"The first call was about a fallen tree on the A2 in Newington at around 2pm.

"Police and Kent Highways officers attended and cleared the debris from the road.

"The second call was about fallen branches on the A2 at Hartlip Hill at around 3.30pm. Again, officers attended and the road was cleared."

Kate Brown said: "The whole road all the way to the roundabout was in a terrible state. There were big branches hanging off trees down Keycol Hill. Lorries couldn’t get past. Electricity cables were also pulled down onto the A2 by the village hall car park."

Tree damage on the A2 at Newington near Sittingbourne
Tree damage on the A2 at Newington near Sittingbourne

The incident comes shortly after a row of 30-year-old conifers was cut down by Peel Ports at Sheerness and upset Islanders.

Both Swale council and Kent County Council said the tree-cutting was nothing to do with them.

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