November 16, 2018
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Vandals cut holes in roof of landmark covered bridge in Windham

WINDHAM, Maine — A well-known local landmark in Windham has been vandalized. Someone cut holes in the roof of the Babb’s Covered Bridge, which has a history of vandalism, and police are investigating.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1973 after arson destroyed the original bridge.

Recent criminal activity has become a reminder of what happened four decades ago, which has people in the area frustrated.

“It just seems very disrespectful because there is a lot of history to the bridge and it’s been here for a long time,” said Windham resident Shari St. Hilaire.

Graffiti is the least of everyone’s concerns. People have put holes in the roof so they can climb out and jump down into the river below. Something locals and first time visitors just don’t understand.

Jumping and diving clearly against the rules, but that’s not stopping some.

If this keeps up, some worry how safe the bridge will be.

“Who knows where the vandalism is going to end?” asks Ashley Wheeler. “What if they decide they want to start ruining the structure and a car goes through?”

Many suspect it’s all thanks to teenagers with nothing better to do.

Policing responsibilities for the bridge are shared by Gorham and Windham police departments.

Elected officials say if Babb’s Bridge is destroyed again, it could be very difficult to come up with the money to build another replacement.

 


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