Streets Ahead team flush diesel out of holes drilled into Sheffield tree

Streets Ahead workers flush the diesel out of the holes in the tree in Sandygate Road.

Streets Ahead workers flush the diesel out of the holes in the tree in Sandygate Road.

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Council contractors have been forced to flush diesel out of holes drilled into a Sheffield tree.

A Streets Ahead team was called to Sandygate Road, Crosspool, after a runner spotted the man-made holes as they passed.

A city council spokesman said the holes were found to have diesel in them, which can kill a tree, so it had to be flushed out. There were four holes, each about 25mm to 30mm wide and deep.

The spokesman said it was not known how long the holes had been there, but the matter had been reported to highways officials.

The tree is not marked for replacement under the Streets Ahead programme, and the pavement around it has already been resurfaced.

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