Damage at Dering Woods

20 July 2010, 08:53 | Updated: 20 July 2010, 08:57

Heart's been sent these pictures of the thousands of pounds worth of damage that's been done to an area of woodland in Kent.

They show graffiti and rubbish dumped at Dering Woods near Ashford and is thought to have happened some time between the end of June and 8th of July 2010.

Damage at Dering Wood near AshfordNeighboughhood officer PCSO Paul Moorey is in discussion with the Woodland Trust, the charitable organisation which manages the woodland, to look at ways to protect the area.

"Several old oak trees, signs and perimeter fencing have been damaged by graffiti." Said PCSO Moorey.

"The signs will need to be replaced and the graffiti removed if possible from other surfaces. There are also large amounts of litter left in the wood and a couple of campfire sites. The majority of people use this wood to walk in and enjoy, and do so in a respectful way. There seems to be a minority who need to be discouraged who use the woods for overnight camping and nuisance behaviour causing damage to a popular area."

Damage at Dering Wood near AshfordPCSO Moorey would like to hear from anyone who has information regarding this damage.

Contact South Kent police on 01622 690690. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.