Heroic carpenter thanked for helping police clear a fallen tree during Storm Ciara

A CARPENTER has been thanked by police after tackling a tree that had fallen into a Hampshire road.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 12:06 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 5:56 pm

Green Lane in Hambledon was blocked off by a tree yesterday evening.

Police were in the process of tackling the incident when carpenter Jay Tucker, 31, arrived on the scene with a chainsaw.

Within half an hour, the tree had been chopped up and the road was cleared.

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Jay, who was on his way home after going for a Sunday roast with his family, said: ‘We were all on the way back home when I saw the police dealing with the fallen tree, they were struggling to move it.

‘I took everyone else home, got my chainsaw out and went back to give them a hand.

‘Luckily I had a brand new chainsaw blade so it got through the tree fairly quickly – it only took about 25 minutes.’

Police officers thanked Jay for his help, and praised him a second time on social media.

Tweeting from the @WinchesterCops account, they said: ‘Thank you so much to Jay who stopped to cut up a tree down this evening with his chainsaw! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork.’

Jay, who lives in the village, said he simply wanted to do something for the benefit of the local villagers.

He said: ‘It’s just about helping people out.

‘It was tipping it down with rain and I wanted to help the police get it done.

‘There weren’t many people on the roads but the police officers were stuck outside in the storm.’