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Vandals destroy trees in South Boston

State Police are investigating the cutting down of five trees by vandals overnight on Saturday in South Boston, officials said.

Bill Hickey, spokesman for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, said the American Linden trees had a 6-inch diameter and were located on a traffic island at M Street and William J. Day Boulevard, in front of the M Street Beach.

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It is unclear if the trees, planted five years ago by the DCR, will be replaced, Hickey said.

“DCR is alarmed and saddened by the damage done to 5 trees along Day Boulevard,” Hickey said in a statement.

“We are working with the Massachusetts State Police to determine who was behind this incident.”

State Trooper Dustin Fitch said information surrounding the circumstances of the incident was not available Monday night.

Laura Gómez can be reached at laura.gomez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Laura_GomezRod.
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