Suspected arson destroys tree

The iconic tree lost to fire at Knettishall Heath
The iconic tree lost to fire at Knettishall Heath
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AN ICONIC tree on a nature reserve was left in ashes after a suspected arson.

The tree, believed to be 100-years-old, stood on Hut Hill at Knettishall Heath but all that remains is a charred stump after the fire last Thursday.

Fire crews from Thetford and Ixworth were called to the blaze at around 4.45pm after a dog walker had spotted it.

Kerry Stranix, communications manager for Suffolk Wildlife Trust, said the tree was an important part of the Bronze Age site.

“It’s a real shame because so many people use the heath for positive things on the whole,” she said.

Suffolk Police said the incident was being treated as suspicious after a group of youths were spotted in the area just prior to the fire.