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Footage shows teenage girls ignoring safety barriers and crossing Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 16:51 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:51 26 October 2018

Work to replace a lifting mechanism on the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft has been completed ahead of schedule. Picture: Highways England

Work to replace a lifting mechanism on the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft has been completed ahead of schedule. Picture: Highways England

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People have expressed their shock after footage emerged of four teenagers crossing the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft while the barrier was down.

Work to replace a lifting mechanism on the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft has been completed ahead of schedule. Picture: Highways EnglandWork to replace a lifting mechanism on the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft has been completed ahead of schedule. Picture: Highways England

The five-second video - which was posted to Facebook - zooms in on the reckless teens, who were filmed waiting on the wrong side of the barrier to cross.

According to the witness who filmed the bridge crossing, the teenage girls climbed over the safety barrier.

The girls then made a quick dash over the bridge just moments before it opened.

The video of the teenagers captured the girls waiting on the wrong side of the barrier, while law-abiding locals stand further back behind the fence.

Four teenagers were filmed jumping over the barrier at Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft. Picture: ContributedFour teenagers were filmed jumping over the barrier at Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft. Picture: Contributed

The footage was posted to a social media group by Chelsea Bunyip Moyse, who detailed the lead up to the dangerous act.

The post read: “Four girls about the age of 15 climbed under the barrier and waited on the other side of it.

“Just as I stopped recording they ran across the bridge even though the barriers were still shut,” the Facebook post detailed.

“They didn’t put the bridge up as they was standing on the other side of the barriers,

“But they couldn’t be bothered to wait so they ran across the middle of the bridge,” Miss Moyse wrote.

Shocked locals weighed in on the dangerous act on social media, calling for CCTV footage to identify the teenage girls.

“The barriers should be treated like railway crossing barriers,” one concerned local suggested.

Miss Moyse said the bridge controller waited for the teenagers to run across the barrier before lifting up the bridge.

In a response to the illegal crossing, Highways Safety said:“These barriers on both the road and the footpath come down for a reason, to allow the bridge to lift, which it does (usually several times a day) and we work with AB Ports to ensure this can be done safely.

“Pedestrians ignoring the lowering barriers or attempting to rush through when the lights are flashing and before the barriers lower increases the closure time considerably as the operators have to wait for the bridge to be clear and for it to be safe to lift.”

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