400-year-old tree crashes down onto Wearside guest house

The huge tree ripped up by the wind on top of Ye Olde Cop Shop Guest House in Washington Village, causing extensive damage to the property. Devastated owners Terry Henderson and Sheila  Troupe Henderson  outside the house.

The huge tree ripped up by the wind on top of Ye Olde Cop Shop Guest House in Washington Village, causing extensive damage to the property. Devastated owners Terry Henderson and Sheila Troupe Henderson outside the house.

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A STUNNED couple today told how their historic guest house has been left ruined after a giant tree crashed through its roof.

Sheila Troupe-Henderson, 68, and husband Terry Henderson, 71, were lucky to escape uninjured after the tree, thought to be one of the oldest on Wearside, fell through their home.

The huge tree ripped up by the wind on top of Ye Olde Cop Shop Guest House in Washington Village, causing extensive damage to the property.

The huge tree ripped up by the wind on top of Ye Olde Cop Shop Guest House in Washington Village, causing extensive damage to the property.

The couple had been sitting in the living room when they heard a horrific bang and felt their property shake.

Branches smashed through the building, into bedrooms and hallways, while roots from the ancient tree caused the guest house’s floors to lift.

Full details and more amazing pictures in today’s Sunderland Echo