Bridge vandalism condemned

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Bridge vandalism condemned thumbnailThe Ballynameen Bridge, Claudy has become a target for vandals.

LOCAL politicians have condemned an incident in which security measures, put in place at Claudy's Ballynameen Bridge following its collapse during the severe flooding on August 22, have been tampered with.
East Londonderry DUP MLA George Robinson MBE expressed his concern and disappointment at the news, saying: "I believe that barriers erected to prevent access to the damaged bridge had been broken or removed from both sides of the bridge, exposing members of the public to danger, and directional signs on the official diversion route removed.
“Whilst the contractor has re-erected temporary diversion signs and put new safety barriers in place, such vandalism will only add to the danger to the public and children within the vicinity and cause unnecessary delays in finalising repairs to this bridge.
“I would call on anyone with information in relation to this incident, to contact the PSNI and call on the public to report any suspicious activity on 0845 600 8000."
East Derry SDLP MLA, John Dallat made an impassioned plea to the vandals, saying: "The Department for Infrastructure has gone to enormous lengths through their contractors to make this bridge safe but astonishingly, there are people who want to remove those safety measures and create a high risk for people and especially children.


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