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Saturday July 14th, 2012

Posted at 2:27pm

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A dispute over a tree in the 4200 block of Roseland Drive West has landed a 65 year old resident in jail.

Police say that a resident on the street had contracted a tree removal service to enter on his property in order to cut down and remove a very large and old Sycamore tree that was estimated to be between 100 to 150 years old.

The pending removal of this tree caused great displeasure to some of the neighbours in the area.

Just before 8am this morning, the tree removal company arrived to carry out the removal. They began to set up cones on the roadway in front of the house when an argument ensued between neighbours and the workers.

The neighbours insisted the tree service had no right to remove the tree. The tree removal employees called police, as the neighbors were interfering with the workers doing their job on private property.

Just prior to police arrival two of the workers were standing in the driveway surveying on how to take down the tree when a car suddenly accelerated toward them with its engine revving.

The two workers turned around and saw a grey coloured car coming at them. The one worker managed to jump clear however a second worker was clipped in the leg by the bumper of the car. The car came to a stop on his foot.

The 29 year old worker was wearing steel toed boots and was not injured. The car then drove forward towards the tree to block access to the tree.

Police arrived and arrested the driver of the car, a 65-year-old Roseland Drive resident. The man has been charged with dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.

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