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