Police on trail of Tahunanui tree thief

00:02, Feb 19 2013
Tahunanui tree thief
GONE: There is now nothing to show of the tree that once stood near the slide in the Lions Playground.

Police have released a description of a man seen cutting down a tree at the Tahunanui Beach playground.

Constable Jude Yeoman said police had received information from the public that a man was seen chainsawing the norfolk pine tree about 7.30am on Saturday, February 9.

He was described as tall, of solid build about 25-35 years and wearing bib overalls, with a t-shirt underneath. He was driving an older model red ute, possibly a Datsun, with a flat deck, in rough condition.

Police said it was believed there were a number of people exercising in the Lions playground area at the time, and would like to speak to anyone who saw the man. They would also like to talk to a man who rang the Nelson City Council that morning about the tree being cut down and providing a description of the ute and a registration number.

Anyone with information should call Nelson Police on 5463840.

The Nelson City Council suggested the shade tree, close to the rocketship slide in the playground, may have been taken for a flagpole or spar. Only the branches and the tree stump were left.