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Protester climbs down from bridge

Attempts to have the bridge listed failed

A protester, who chained herself to a derelict Victorian bridge in Leicester to stop it being demolished, has climbed down.

All work was stopped when a woman climbed up Bowstring Bridge in the city's West End at about 0600 GMT.

De Montfort University plans to build a sports centre on the site. Campaigners had fought to save the bridge which dates from the 1890s.

A 39-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

Dismantling of the bridge was due to start on 21 September but was delayed by engineering works.

Its demolition follows a decision by Leicester City Council that the costs of repairing and restoring the disused bridge would be too expensive.

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