Vandals have felled an 80-year-old sycamore tree on the edge of a County Durham village prompting a police investigation.

The tree along the Hudeshope Beck, which flows into the River Tees, at Middleton-in-Teesdale, is believed to have been illegally felled on Saturday, May 18.

A Durham Police spokesperson said: "Police are appealing for information after an 80-year-old sycamore tree was vandalised.(Image: Durham Police) (Image: Durham Police)

"The tree, which stood behind The Forresters Bar and Restaurant, in Middleton-in-Teesdale, is believed to have been illegally felled at around 7pm on May 18.

"Officers attended a short time later and found the tree laid in a field, partially blocking a beck."

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is urged to contact PC Christopher Elms at Barnard Castle Neighbourhood Team on 101, extension number 209201.

He can also be emailed at and information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.