Rope bridge closed after vandals try to cut it down
The world-famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge has been forced to close owing to vandalism.
It is understood that an attempt was made to cut down the bridge - one of the North's most popular tourist attractions - on Tuesday night.
The vandalism was discovered during a routine safety check on the narrow wooden walkway that links the Co Antrim mainland to a tiny island.
It spans the gap 30 metres above the crashing waves below.
With the National Trust saying the bridge will be closed for the "foreseeable future", one of the Causeway Coast's top attractions is set to be off-limits for a significant part of the summer season.
"We were very disappointed to discover that the bridge had been damaged overnight and to have to close it as a result," said the National Trust's Max Bryant.
"This closure is very disappointing for visitors and the local economy, as well as for the National Trust, especially leading into what will be an extremely busy weekend.
"The National Trust would like to advise that, while the bridge remains closed, the overall site is open and visitors can still come and enjoy the wildlife and walks and take in the views while enjoying refreshments."