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Farmer's anger at theft of firewood

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 30, 2012

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A FARMER from Newmill has blasted the man or men he says stole timber from a tree he had cut up and cleared away, after it had fallen from his land blocking a road.

Nigel Roberts, from Trye Farm, had cut up the large ash tree after it was blown over by high winds on August 17, blocking the Newmill to Gurnards Head road.

However, when he returned to collect the firewood, he discovered half of it had gone.

He told The Cornishman he had confronted a man at the scene earlier in the day who was cutting up the wood.

The man told Mr Roberts Cornwall Council had given him permission to take it but the farmer said this was something Cornwall Council later denied.

Mr Roberts said: "It's theft. It's one of those things. We didn't really expect it. The police couldn't do anything.

"It's just disappointing that somebody would do that. I don't expect to take a tree out of their garden. I know it's a farm but it's still the same principle."

Mr Roberts discovered the fallen tree on the morning of the incident.

He said he cut it up with two of his employees, before shifting it out of the road with a tractor. He had planned to collect the wood that evening.

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