Police update after iconic Sycamore Gap tree chopped down in shocking act of vandalism | The SunNovember 16, 2023
A TEEN boy arrested after a famous tree at Hadrian's Wall was chopped down is facing no further action.
The Sycamore Gap tree, which featured in blockbuster Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves, was destroyed in September.
Northumbria Police believe the 300-year-old tree was felled in a deliberate act of vandalism.
The force today confirmed a 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with the felling will face no further action.
Two men in their 30s and one in their 60s arrested on suspicion of criminal damage remain on police bail.
Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Fenney-Menzies, of Northumbria Police, said: “We completely recognise the feeling of loss in the community and further afield following the deliberate felling of Sycamore Gap.
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“I would like to reassure the public that our investigation continues, and we remain committed to establishing the full circumstances surrounding the damage, and in bringing any offenders to justice.”
The chopping down of the iconic tree left the nation heartbroken after the mysterious feller struck in the middle of the night.
The trunk of the landmark tree was removed on October 12 after it was first cut into large pieces.
It is being stored in an undisclosed location before its fate is decided.
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The National Trust, who run the site, say a decision on the tree's future is yet to be made, but a public consultation will take place soon.
Det Chief Insp Fenney-Menzies added: “As always, we continue to welcome any new information from members of the public that could assist us in getting answers.
“Please know that your support could prove vital to our enquiries, no matter how small the detail may seem.
“I’d also like to remind the public that this remains a live investigation so, for that reason, please continue to avoid any speculation both in the community and online – including on social media.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log NP-20230928-0295.
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