Two Individuals Arrested for Damaging Famous ‘Robin Hood’ Movie Tree

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In a significant development related to the felling of the iconic Sycamore Gap tree located in Northumberland, United Kingdom, two more individuals in their 30s have been arrested in connection with the incident. This act of tree vandalism took place in September, with authorities suspecting deliberate intent behind the tree’s destruction.

A 16-year-old boy and a man in his 60s, who had previously been arrested in connection with the incident, remain on bail as the investigation unfolds, according to reports from The Guardian.

The 50-foot sycamore tree, known for its picturesque location along Hadrian’s Wall, was cared for by both the Northumberland national park authority and the National Trust. It was one of the most photographed trees in the UK and gained fame for its appearance in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

The tree also held a special place in the hearts of hikers and tourists alike, making its loss deeply felt by the local community and beyond.

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Fenney-Menzies of Northumbria Police expressed the collective sense of loss, saying, “The loss of Sycamore Gap has been a devastating blow to the community, both locally and further afield. It was a truly iconic landmark, and its absence will be deeply felt by many people.”

Authorities are determined to bring those responsible to justice, and the recent arrests serve as a testament to their commitment in this regard. Detective Fenney-Menzies also extended her gratitude to the public for their valuable support and information, which has proved instrumental in the investigation.

The Sycamore Gap tree has been removed from its original site and is currently stored by the National Trust.

While the long-term fate of the tree remains uncertain, the National Trust has affirmed its dedication to finding a way to commemorate the legacy of this beloved and iconic landmark.

The incident serves as a heartbreaking reminder of the value and significance of natural and cultural landmarks in the hearts of communities and the broader public.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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