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Vandals cut motorway footbridge cables

Police have appealed for witnesses after vandals tried to hack through cables supporting a footbridge over the M60 in Greater Manchester.
The vandals are thought to have used a hacksaw to cut through strands on four of the 20 cables supporting Mersey Valley footbridge after broken blades were found discarded nearby.A Highways Agency spokesman said the damage to the £900,000 bridge, which crosses the M60 between junctions 7 and 8, will cost 'tens of thousands of pounds' to repair and is probably the worst case of vandalism the Agency has ever seen.A section of the M60 was closed from 6pm to 11:30pm on Wednesday night while inspectors assessed the damage. Consultant Halcrow will undertake a detailed inspection and the bridge will reopen to the public after all four cables have been replaced. The Agency spokesman added that metal sleeves will be retrofitted over cables that can be reached by the public.

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