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Stones taken from historic bridge between Forcett and Aldborough St John
THE theft of stones from an historic roadside bridge has been condemned.
One side of 18th century Carlton Bridge, between Forcett and Aldbrough St John, near Darlington, has been badly damaged by thieves.
Residents say the incident is the latest in a spate of stone thefts in the area in recent years.
District councillor Jimmy Wilson-Petch said: “It’s an awful thing to do, although I’m not surprised - there’s been quite a few coping stones taken from walls.”
John Gill, chairman of Aldbrough St John Parish Council, added: “This is a super little bridge and it’s a real shame.”
The theft has been reported to the police by North Yorkshire County Council highways officials, who have made the bridge safe.
Barrie Mason, North Yorkshire’s assistant director for highways, said: “The theft of stones from Carlton Bridge, which is situated east of Forcett in the parish of Stanwick St John, has been reported to the police.
“We are currently inspecting the bridge to see how much damage has been done, ensure the bridge is made safe and to try to calculate the cost of repair.
"This is an historic 18th century bridge and these stones will be costly to replace as each one must be individually crafted. At a time of extreme financial stringency this is an extra cost to the highways budget that the county council can ill afford.”
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