Locals were left devastated after Britain’s most photographed tree, which is situated in a beloved national park where Robin Hood was filmed, was felled overnight.
Now a 16-year-old boy has been on suspicion of causing criminal damage in connection with the felling of the Sycamore Gap Tree, Police have revealed.
The boy remains in custody and is assisting officers with their inquiries, the force said.
Superintendent Kevin Waring, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is a world-renowned landmark and the events of today have caused significant shock, sadness and anger throughout the local community and beyond.
“An investigation was immediately launched following this vandalism, and this afternoon we have arrested one suspect in connection with our enquiries.
“Given our investigation remains at a very early stage, we are keeping an open mind. I am appealing to the public for information to assist us – if you have seen or heard anything suspicious that may be of interest to us, please let us know.”
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