A former lumberjack who was arrested in reference to the felling of the beloved Sycamore Hole Tree has returned house to a farm the place police earlier recovered a big chainsaw.
Walter Renwick, 69, was seen again at Plankey Mill Farm after being taken into custody, with photos and video displaying him standing topless outdoors a caravan on the property.
He has vehemently denied being chargeable for the downing of the 300-year-old tree and seemingly mentioned the noticed was proof that he was utterly harmless.
‘My chainsaw’s down right here by that barn door, however you’ll be able to see that it hasn’t been used for ages,’ he mentioned on Friday.
The ability device was present in an outhouse of the Northumberland farm, simply eight miles from the place Britain’s most well-known tree stood earlier than it was cruelly lower down.
Walter Renwick, 69, returned to Plankey Mill Farm right this moment after being taken into custody, with photos and video displaying him standing topless outdoors a caravan on the property
Police have been nonetheless current have Plankey Mill Farm in Northumberland taped off after they arrested a second man after the UK’s most well-known tree was chopped down
Police search groups taking away a chainsaw in an proof bag from a barn on Plankey Mill Farm in Northumberland
The long-lasting Sycamore Hole tree was felled in a single day on Wednesday, sparking fury throughout Britain
Detectives have been working across the clock to search out out who’s behind the surprising felling of the beloved tree, which stood in a dip alongside Hadrian’s Wall.
Mr Renwick was arrested after the tree was diminished to a stump on Wednesday evening, and officers have been right this moment pictured leaving him on the premises.
Specialist search groups descended on the property yesterday and police have been nonetheless current right this moment, with cordons seen sealing off components of the farm.
Mr Renwick, who has lived on the farm his total life, was evicted from the farm final week following a long-running dispute and now lives in a camper van close by.
In a sequence of statements, he has strongly refuted that he was behind the vandalism of the close by tree.
Reacting to social media gossip, he mentioned: ‘The hypothesis is bloody ridiculous. I am going to let you know this a lot, I would not be so unhappy to try this.’
Mr Renwick mentioned: ‘It was a beautiful tree, an iconic tree, however I imply to go up there and lower that down, I am not that silly.’
He mentioned his work as a lumberjack for 40 years was seemingly the rationale for rife finger-pointing on-line.
Specialist search groups descended on the property yesterday and police have been nonetheless current right this moment
Police cordons have been pictured sealing off sections of the Northumbria farm right this moment
‘It makes it sound like me, does not it, as a result of it was a great lower,’ he mentioned, referring to the offender’s handiwork.
‘It was darkish clearly however it was a beautiful moonlit evening… the lower was sensible.
‘After I say sensible, you’ll be able to inform a great lumberjack by the best way he cuts a tree down. I have not seen the lower clearly, however I’ve seen it on the pc.’
Northumbria Police introduced on Friday that it had arrested a person in his 60s simply hours after a 16-year-old boy was bailed out of custody underneath investigation in relation to the felling.
Walter Renwick (pictured at his house), 69, was lately evicted from the property
A full investigation was launched after the Sycamore Hole Tree subsequent to Hadrian’s Wall, in Northumberland, was lower down
Now diminished to a stump, the 70ft sycamore was one of many world’s most photographed timber and was named Tree of the 12 months by the Woodland Belief in 2016.
It famously featured within the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner.
A part of the Hadrian’s Wall Unesco world heritage website, it has drawn walkers and guests from all around the globe.
Northumbria Police have been contacted for remark.