On Friday (29), a 60-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation into the case Cutting down one of the most famous trees in the UKLocal police announced that they had released a 16-year-old teenager a few hours ago.
The felling of a Sycamore Gap tree, isolated between two hills in a stunning northern England landscape, has caused grief and anger in the UK.
The two-hundred-year-old tree was close to Hadrian’s Wall – built in Roman times to prevent barbarian invasion – a site declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In 2016, it was voted Tree of the Year, and appeared in cinema in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film Robin Hood.
Northumbria Police, which is investigating this “deliberate act of vandalism”, announced on Friday that it had arrested “a 60-year-old man in connection with the incident”.
Police announced that a 16-year-old teenager, who was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of “insult,” was released on Friday morning “pending further investigation.”
“I hope this second arrest shows that we take the situation seriously and are committed to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice,” Northumbria Police Officer Rebecca Finney-Menzies said in a statement.
On Thursday morning, passers-by found the tree, one of the most photographed trees in the country, cut down at its trunk, apparently with a chainsaw.
Andrew Budd, a leader of the National Trust which manages heritage sites in the UK, confirmed to the BBC that the tree was “healthy” and could grow again.
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