A697 re-opened after dangerous tree removed

The tree leaning over the road near the Bridge of Aln. Picture by Michael Pearson
The tree leaning over the road near the Bridge of Aln. Picture by Michael Pearson

UPDATE 2.30pm: The road has re-opened after a dangerous overhanging tree was removed following concerns reported to police earlier today.

A motorist contacted the force at 11.35am regarding the fir tree that was overhanging the northbound side of the road 200 yards north of the Bridge of Aln pub.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service was called to the incident and Northumberland County Council’s tree team cut down the tree, which had snapped at the bottom.

The caller told police the tree was hanging at a 45-degree angle on to the road.

Traffice was diverted while the tree was being removed.