Police issue Sycamore Gap update as previously arrested teen faces no further action
The tree was felled at the end of September.
Police officers investigating the vandalism of an iconic Northumberland tree have shared an update as three men remain on police bail. An investigation was launched after the Sycamore Gap tree was felled overnight between Tuesday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28 in what police believe was a deliberate act of vandalism. A range of enquiries have been ongoing ever since, with the support of partners, as officers work to understand the full circumstances surrounding the damage and identify anyone involved. Two men in their 30s, and one man in his 60s, who were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage remain on police bail.
Read South Tyneside's news on the go with our free email newsletters - bringing the headlines to your inbox. Catch up on the day's news and sport and enjoy even more from your Gazette. Visit our website here to find out more and sign up. A teenage boy who was initially arrested in connection with the report and bailed will now face no further action by police. 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. “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.” 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 is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230928-0295.