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Thieves steal historic bridge

By Zhou Wenting  (China Daily)

08:37, February 29, 2012

SHANGHAI - Two men have been arrested on suspicion of cutting up and stealing a century-old bridge in the uptown Fengxian district, a case experts say should serve as an alarm to protect historic buildings in suburbs.

The two suspects, surnamed Hong and Wang, both from Anhui province, are being held in criminal detention and the district procurator's office is reviewing the case.

The bridge was in Chenyi village of Nanqiao town, surrounded by construction sites and with few passers-by. In November, a villager, Xie Chuquan, discovered that only the two supports of the bridge remained among the weeds.

Police interviewed people in the area, and a man said he had seen a truck with several men lingering near the bridge one night in September. He became suspicious and wrote down the license plate number of the truck, which he gave to police.

Police traced the number to the truck's owner, who said he had loaned the truck to the suspects that evening.

"The two men confessed that they used two cranes and two trucks that night to lift and remove the 16 stone pieces that formed the floor of the bridge," said Ruan Jilong, deputy director of Jinhai police station in Fengxian district.

Ruan said that Hong, who is a trader in building stones, paid Wang 30,000 yuan ($4,700) to transport the bridge, and the stones were resold to a salesroom at a park in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, which is owned by Hong.

Fengle Bridge, built in 1907, the 33rd year of the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is registered as a historical relic, though it is not on a city or national preservation list, according to Zhang Weiwei, director of Fengxian district museum.


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There will always be crooks but does Chinese government have a consistent nation wide plan to protect and preserve national heritage that everybody can understand? it"s sad that people are so ignorant as to recycle historic buildings!
  

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