Metal theft has forced the closure of a pedestrian and cycle bridge in Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales.
The single span, cable stayed Puddlers Bridge crosses the A4060 and will now be closed for weeks after thieves stole 912m of stainless steel wire from the bridge’s parapet.
Bridge owner Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council said it could not confirm when the bridge would re-open and suggested that repairs could take several weeks and cost £12,000.
“The wire was vital for the safety of people using the bridge, so it’s luck no incidents have occured as a result of what they did,” said local policing officer Clare Hallett.
The £850,000 bridge was only opened in February last year and received funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Lottery Funding.