Police have issued an update about the investigation into the iconic Sycamore Gap felling incident.

Officers from Northumbria Police shared an update on Thursday (November 16) regarding the Northumberland tree, which was felled overnight between September 27 and 28 in what police believe was a deliberate act of vandalism.

In the fresh update, the police force confirmed that the investigation remains ongoing, while three men remain on police bail at this time. 

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Since the incident in September, a range of enquiries have been ongoing, with the support of, as officers work to ascertain 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.

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.

The Northern Echo: The felled Sycamore Gap tree, as police investigateThe felled Sycamore Gap tree, as police investigate (Image: PA MEDIA)

“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.

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“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.


Alternatively, you can speak to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.