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Another two people have been arrested following the felling of the Sycamore Gap tree in September.

Two men in their 30s have been arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on bail, said Northumbria Police.

A 16-year-old male and a 60-year-old man had previously been arrested and bailed.

The iconic tree was cut down between 27th and 28th September, in what police described as a deliberate act.

“The loss of Sycamore Gap has been felt deeply across the community as well as further afield,” said a Northumbria Police spokesperson.

“As a force, we have seen many touching tributes from those who have detailed what this iconic landmark meant for them personally and for our region.

“We’ve been working tirelessly to identify anyone responsible and bring them into police custody and we are committed to getting justice.

“We hope this recent wave of arrests demonstrates just how much work has been undertaken by our dedicated specialist teams in what has, so far, been a very difficult and complex investigation.

“As always, we would continue to encourage any members of the public with information which may assist to get in touch – if you’ve seen or heard anything suspicious, we’d like to know.”

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