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Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge closed due to vandalism

The rope bridge was vandalised overnight. Credit: UTV

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge has been closed to visitors after it was damaged by vandals.

The popular tourist attraction near Ballintoy in Co Antrim was attacked overnight, a spokesperson for the National Trust said.

Structural engineers are now working to assess the damage.

It is expected that the rope bridge will remain closed “for the foreseeable future”.

The damage was discovered during a routine safety check before opening and the trust described the incident as "very disappointing".

It said it will also be disappointing for visitors and for the local economy leading into what promised to be a busy weekend.

The matter is now under investigation by the PSNI.

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