Hereford & Worcester

Grade II listed bridge near Tenbury Wells collapses

Eastham Bridge collapsed Image copyright Ryan Parkes, Tenbury Wells
Image caption Police received reports the bridge had collapsed at about 15:30 BST on Tuesday

A Grade II listed bridge which has been in place since the 18th Century has collapsed.

Eastham Bridge near Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire was a road bridge over the River Teme.

Police were called out to the A443 in Lindridge following reports it had caved in at about 15:30 BST on Tuesday.

The bridge was built in 1793 and was originally a toll road, which the county council took ownership of in 1907 when it was made free to access.

West Mercia Police said traffic was building up at the scene and recommended taking an alternative route.

A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council said: "Highways engineers are on site to assess the damage and ensure the area is safe.

"Diversions are currently being arranged. An investigation has started to look into what happened."

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