A large branch which fell from an old tree outside an iconic book shop could have killed someone, it has been claimed.
On Thursday morning, as reported on the Gazette website, a limb collapsed onto the footpath leading up to Alnwick’s Barter Books.
The store’s joint owner, Stuart Manley, said: “Going by eye, the bough was about two-feet wide and weighed several tonnes. Thankfully, no harm was done, because if it had hit somebody directly, it could have killed them.”
Stuart said that the bough had rotted away. The council has since removed any dangerous branches and he hopes that the tree can be saved.
He added that the tree opposite will be investigated over the next few months and any unsafe branches will be removed, although it is not considered to be an urgent job.
The pathway was closed after the incident and was only reopened yesterday afternoon.