More than 200 trees will be chopped down in a park in Peterborough as part of a review of tree safety across the city.
The council say the work was already due to go ahead, before the death of a teenager who was hit by a falling branch in a nearby park last year.
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Ms Leadsom has received the backing of Ian Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions secretary.
"This was mindless vandalism at its very worst, which has wrecked a much-loved community facility."
Three people have been taken to hospital after a taxi collided with pedestrians and a lamppost this afternoon.