The rubbish, at least the newspapers on the Snowsfields side was thrown from the multi-story by three kids. I asked them if they did it as they came out and they guiltily said 'no'. Better than saying 'yes' I suppose. I'd like to think the branch was from the wind.
That is worrying, however I suspect this branch was because of the really high winds that we had yesterday, along with the hailstones and thunder and lightning. Some of the gusts of wind were really strong.
I agree it was probably due to the weather, but nonetheless. Trees suffer stress for a variety of reasons but I had in mind the lack of water as a possible cause. It makes sense for a large tree to lose a limb in order to conserve energy.