A 16-year-old boy has been apprehended by police on suspicion of causing criminal damage in connection with the felling of the renowned Sycamore Gap tree in northern England. The incident has elicited widespread sadness and outrage, as this tree had been a cherished feature at Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland for centuries.
The teenager is currently in custody, cooperating with Northumbria police as they conduct their investigation. Authorities believe that the damage inflicted on the tree was a deliberate act of vandalism.
The Sycamore Gap tree gained fame when it appeared in the 1991 film “Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves,” starring Kevin Costner. Estimated to be around 300 years old, it held immense cultural significance.
Superintendent Kevin Waring of Northumbria police expressed the deep shock, sadness, and anger felt by both the local community and beyond due to this world-renowned landmark’s destruction. An investigation was promptly initiated, leading to the arrest of the suspect.
As the investigation is in its early stages, police are appealing to the public for any information that might assist them in unraveling the case. They encourage individuals who have witnessed or heard anything suspicious to come forward.
The felled tree site has been visited by numerous people, with police tape cordoning off the area. Local authorities, including Jamie Driscoll, the mayor for the North of Tyne, and Kim McGuinness, the Northumbria police and crime commissioner, expressed their deep dismay over the senseless act of destruction.
The tree held a special place in the hearts of many, as it served as a location for ashes to be scattered, proposals to be made, and family picnics to be enjoyed. It was considered an integral part of the region’s identity.
Local businesses, such as the Crown Inn at Humshaugh, lamented the loss of the iconic tree, which attracted thousands of visitors annually. The Crown Inn expressed shock and sadness over the incident and questioned the motivation behind such an act.
Author LJ Ross, inspired by the Sycamore Gap tree for one of her books, expressed her sadness and hope for a valid reason behind its felling, amid ongoing speculation surrounding the incident.