A man and a woman who were arrested after allegedly trying to cut down a Linthorpe Road tree with a chainsaw have been released under investigation.

A 31-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man were taken into custody earlier this week on suspicion of criminal damage following the incident.

And after being quizzed on the matter they have now been released while further inquiries are carried out by officers.

Police were called just after 1am on Tuesday after reports that a small group of people was attempting to fell a tree close to Manjaros restaurant.

A member of the public spotted a male and female trying to cut down a tree on Linthorpe Road
A member of the public spotted a male and female trying to cut down a tree on Linthorpe Road (Image: Terry Blackburn)

A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said that more than half of the trunk of the tree had been cut through, “leading to the tree moving and trapping the chainsaw in the cut.”

The road was closed in both directions and had to be felled at 3am.

It reopened some hours later at 5am.

Councillor Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for environment and commercial services, said: “Our trees are a precious natural resource that add life and colour to our streets.

“To attack them in this way is utterly inexcusable, and those responsible must be held to account for their actions.

“I’m grateful to our officers for their prompt and professional response, and would urge anyone with information to contact Cleveland Police.”

Cleveland Police confirmed that inquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact them via the 101 number quoting Event 185853.

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