Wiltshire

Medieval bridge in Bradford-on-Avon damaged by stolen car

Damaged Town Bridge in Bradford-on-Avon
Image caption Police said the stolen vehicle crashed into the bridge in the early hours

"Extensive damage" has been done to a Grade-I listed medieval bridge in the centre of a Wiltshire town after it was crashed into by a stolen car.

A black Mercedes C180 hit the Town Bridge in Bradford-on-Avon in the early hours.

Wiltshire Police said the car was stolen from a property in nearby Leigh Park Road along with a television, an iPad, and a laptop.

The damaged area has been cordoned off by Wiltshire Council for assessment.

A spokesman for the authority said it was seeking permission from English Heritage and the Environment Agency to repair the former packhorse bridge.

He said the bridge was designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument which gives it special protection by English Heritage.

All stones dislodged in the crash will be recovered from the River Avon and a specialist will be employed to repair the bridge.

Image caption Wiltshire Police described the damage as "extensive"
Image caption The damaged area has been closed off by Wiltshire Council for assessment
Image caption All stones dislodged in the crash will be recovered from the River Avon
Image caption Wiltshire Council was unable to say how much the damage will cost to repair

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