This is an old established tree on East Townhouse Lane. Several people witnessed this, and one identified where one boy lived. One witness spoke with them, asking them to not chop on the tree and was assured they were not chopping on the tree. That proved to be a lie, as the photos below would indicate. One person saw them with a hatchet and a large knife.
We are in contact with the landlord’s representative where one boy lives. My understanding is it was 3 boys that did this, about 10-12 years old.