Police remind residents that taking logs for firewood from landowners without consent is theft.
On 16th November 2022 at approximately 23:30 hours Rushcliffe South Neighbourhood police officers were on a proactive rural crime patrol where they located a vehicle in Cotgrave Country Park laden with logs that had been taken from the nearby woods.
The driver of the vehicle has been dealt with by way of a community resolution and education for the offence of theft.
We would like to remind the community that fallen trees, branches or cut logs remains the property of the landowner whether it is on public or private land.
In this case the owner is Nottinghamshire County Council, and so they cannot be taken without the owner’s consent however tempting it may be to obtain free firewood.
Fallen logs and branches play a big part in the woodland ecosystem and are homes to insects, fungi and lichens which provide a food source to other woodland creatures.
By taking the logs not only is it an offence of theft it has a negative effect on the ecosystem.
Any suspicious activity can be reported to Nottinghamshire police via 101, 999 if appropriate or online via the website.
Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously via Crime Stoppers