A Christmas tree which remained in place long after the end of the festive season due to nesting birds, has been removed as the birds have died.
The blackbirds chose to nest in the tree outside Concordia Leisure Centre, which meant Cramlington Town Council could not remove it until the eggs had hatched.
But the tree was taken down today (Tuesday), after the nest was found on the ground with no sign of the eggs.
It is thought the nest was found and destroyed by crows.
Cramlington town councillor Barry Flux said: “Of course it is a shame that the birds have died, however it was undoubtedly the right thing to do to keep the tree in place rather than to remove it when initially proposed.”