A driver filmed stealing a massive Christmas tree from a forest has been caught.
The motorist was seen with the 8ft fir strapped to the top of his car on mountain tracks at Clocaenog Forest near Denbigh in North Wales.
It is thought they used an axe to cut the tree down and take it home with him but were caught cameras and tracked down by North Wales Police.
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But he escaped prosecution after he agreed to make a donation to the red squirrels conservationists at environment body Natural Resources Wales.
Members of the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team previously tweeted about the incident with a CCTV picture saying: “This ‘chancer’ decided rather than pay for this years Xmas tree, they would help themselves to a tree of their choice from Clocaenog Forest.
“I suppose they didn’t consider the numerous trail cameras! Huge mistake. Well someone will be calling soon… and it won’t be Santa.
“Helping yourself to a tree is theft. Instead of paying for a tree, they will be paying a fine…
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“You may think you are not going to get caught but technology says differently and trail cameras don’t miss much.”
They added: ''Our tree thief has today been dealt with via a Community Resolution after discussion with @NatResWales
''He has had to pay suitable compensation which has now been donated to the Red Squirrel Conservation Trust at Cloceanog where he stole the tree."