Wirral Council said: ‘It was not a task we wanted to do, but we had been ordered by the police as the apples have been used as weapons. Children had been throwing them at members of the public, cars, our gardening team when trying to cut the grass and even police.’I don't suppose you thought about maybe laughing in their faces, telling them they had no power whatsoever to compel you, and suggesting they do their job..?
But then 'doing a thorough job' seems alien to council officials too...
It added: ‘We understand comments made by members of the public, and cutting the tree down was the last resort.’
All that remains of the tree, which is close to a war memorial, is a stump, but the council said it would be replaced in the coming months.The stump? Or the tree?
Meanwhile, in Essex:
Sightings of clowns have been reported around the country and reports on social media suggest they have been spotted in Basildon and Southend.
In Wills Hill, Stanford-le-Hope, two youths have been arrested for a public order offence and had their costumes confiscated.Tough on clowns, tough on the causes of clowns...