AN ANCIENT bridge in Torrington has been targeted by thieves.
Two coping stones were stolen from Rothern Bridge, which is a listed building and monument.
The stones were taken from the top of the parapet which makes it dangerous for walkers, children and animals.
Torrington mayor and Torridge district councillor, Harold Martin said: “Apart from the cost of replacing the stolen stones and repairing the damage done by what we believe must have been a flatbed lorry, why would anyone want to destroy a piece of Torrington’s great heritage?”
Bridge inspector Ian Glover installed temporary stones until either the original ones are returned or replacement copings are found.
Torridge District Council’s conservation officer Sarah Chappell, said the bridge was a remnant of a bygone age.
She said: “It is a monument of significant historical value and we would all like to see the original two coping stones returned.”
Devon County Council had made the bridge safe while investigations continued.
Anyone with any information on the stones’ disappearance should phone the police on 101 quoting reference CT 13556.
Or contact Sarah Chappell on 01237 428742 or via email email@example.com