A MAN battled with a teenager he caught stealing his weeping willow tree.
The man, in his 30s, looked out of his window and saw three youths in his garden on The Ridgeways, Linthwaite, just after 10pm last night.
One was uprooting the tree and others were digging up plants and damaging wooden trestling.
He wrestled with one of the thieves and they all fled empty-handed after throwing things at the victim.
All the youths are white and aged 15 to 17.
One is 5ft 9in tall, with a thin face and square jaw.
He wore a white baseball cap with red and blue on it and a dark, Gortex- style jacket with a small white motif on the front.
His two accomplices wore hooded tops.
Anyone who knows who they are should phone Pc Mark Hilton on 01484 436876.