Teenager arrested after cutting down emblematic tree in the United Kingdom
A 16-year-old teenager who was arrested after the felling of one of the most famous trees in the United Kingdom, He ended up being released Friday pending an investigation, local police said. The felling of the Sycamore Gap tree, isolated between two hills in a spectacular landscape in northern England, caused sadness and anger in the United Kingdom.
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This twice-century-old maple was located very close to Hadrian's Wall - erected in Roman times to prevent the invasion of barbarians - a site declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. In 2016 it was chosen "tree of the year", and appeared in the film "Robin Hood" by Kevin Costner in 1991.
A 16 year old boy just decided to cut down this iconic tree one night? With a chainsaw? In an area 'conveniently' there are plans to build 40 wind turbines that were blocked by the tree? something seems wrong #SycamoreGap #sycamoregaptree #conspiracy pic.twitter.com/cArsbtfwT5
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On Thursday morning, some walkers discovered the tree, one of the most photographed in the country, cut at the level of the stump, apparently with a chainsaw. Investigating this "act of deliberate vandalism", Northumbria Police arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of "degradations".
He was released "pending further investigation," police said Friday. Andrew Poad, one of the leaders of the National Trust, which manages many heritage sites in the United Kingdom, said on the BBC that the tree is "healthy" and may grow again.
Sycamore Gap: Boy, 16, arrested after 200 year old Hadrian's Wall tree chopped down.
Take a wild guess where the "boy" comes from.https://t.co/tircTp86LC pic.twitter.com/Ztdl9he0E7
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