‘Cruel’ tree vandals strike in broad daylight in Long Lawford

The family are distraught at the damage that has been left behind.
The family are distraught at the damage that has been left behind.

A Rugby woman says she has been left feeling unsafe in her own home after vandals caused damage to her garden in the middle of the afternoon.

Helen Bullman lives in Long Lawford with her 10-year-old son Alfie and her partner John Judge, who is currently receiving hospital treatment for a serious illness.

On Saturday, September 24 between 3.30pm and 4.30pm the culprits came into the family’s front garden and destroyed one of their trees - leaving behind a scene of devastation.

Helen explained: “Me and my son were inside at the back of the house at the time playing on the Xbox.

“I was trying to cheer him up because he’s been having a rough time with his dad being in hospital.

“Then at 4.30pm one of his friends knocked on the door and said ‘what’s happened?’ That’s when we noticed the tree.

“We could hardly get out of the front door at first. Three of the branches had been cut off and caused it to fall to one side.

“We can’t afford to have the tree removed so we’re just going to have to sit and watch it rot.

“I can’t believe people could be so cruel and callous to do something like this. Why would they?”

She added: “My partner was in hospital and he felt so helpless because he couldn’t be there with us.

“As for my ten-year-old son, Alfie, he’s devastated. He used the tree as a den and would play out there with his friends but he can’t do that any more.

“He had nightmares that night and was calling out in his sleep. I couldn’t sleep properly either.

“It just couldn’t have come at a worse time for us. We didn’t need this with everything that’s going on at the moment. It’s awful. I feel vulnerable in my own home.

“The fact that someone came onto our property while we were in the house and did this in broad daylight without being seen is