On Friday evening or Saturday morning some person or persons cut off the heads of about six Foxtail palms that adorned the Portersville end of the E.O. LeBlanc Highway near the S-Mart supermarket.

The perpetrator cut the heads of the palm trees just below the leaf canopy and left the leaves partially hanging, like severed necks, from the cut stems.

The palms, planted about three years ago, were an attempt by the authorities to landscape the area from the Pottersville Savanah to Woodbridge Bay harbour.

Vandalism of public property is a common problem in Dominica and worldwide. Social scientists say vandalism could be a response to anger, envy, peer acceptance, revenge, frustration or rage; perpetrators may be sending a message to the authorities.