A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the felling of a famous tree next to Hadrian’s Wall in northern England.
Background: The tree at Sycamore Gap, located next to Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Roman landmark, had stood for nearly 200 years and was famously featured in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film Robin Hood
* Thousands of visitors each year paused to admire this iconic tree.
* It was cut down near the base of its trunk, with pictures showing the rest of the tree lying on its side.
Arrest details: Northumbria Police have held the teen on suspicion of causing criminal damage, and he is assisting in their inquiries.
* The police have expressed shock and anger over the vandalism, calling it a “world-renowned landmark.”
Public reactions: Alison Hawkins, one of the first individuals to notice the damage, expressed dismay over the loss of this “iconic picture.”
* The Northumberland National Park authority has requested the public not to visit the felled tree.
Historical significance: The tree was voted as the English Tree of the Year in 2016 and has been memorialized in pop culture and by thousands of visitors.
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