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Marketsquare Tree Vandalized
July 10/2005

A BIZARRE chainsaw attack on a 333-year-old heritage-listed tree in Salem's civic centre has sparked a police hunt for the vandal.

Salem police sergeant Corbin Vickers said the man cut into and destroyed the 333 feet high elm tree in Marketsquare at 3:33am (AEST) today.

"That's really bizarre - someone must of had it in for that tree," he said.

Sgt. Vickers said that he was not aware of any previous disruption or controversy surrounding the tree.

"It's apparently a random act," he said.

Salem City Council will fell the tree today, and it has partially closed several inner city streets to traffic.

Police are requesting that anyone with information please report to the authorities.

The man was described as being in his mid to late 20s, with short, light-blonde hair and wearing blue denim pants, a white t-shirt with a logo, long brown socks and brown, lace-up boots.