Teen boy arrested for ‘deliberate’ act of chopping down iconic ‘Robin Hood’s tree’ seen in Kevin Costner film

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The nearly 200-year-old sycamore became famous after being shown in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in northern England for what police described as the “deliberate” felling of an ancient tree made famous in a Kevin Costner film.

Photos taken early Thursday showed the tree axed near the base of its trunk, with the rest on its side. The unidentified teenager arrested in connection with the vandalism is now facing a charge of criminal damage. Northumbria Police said he was cooperating with the investigation. The tree at Sycamore Gap had been admired and photographed by tourists and locals for decades. Its iconic status was cemented in 1991, when it was featured in the adventure flick “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” starring Costner.

 

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