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The PSNI confirmed that two men were arrested and received cautions and they paid for the damage they caused

The PSNI confirmed that two men were arrested and received cautions and they paid for the damage they caused

The PSNI confirmed that two men were arrested and received cautions and they paid for the damage they caused

German sailors paid thousands of pounds for damage they caused to the Lagan Weir bridge during a NATO taskforce visit to Belfast.

The sailors were arrested by officers on patrol in the early hours of October 14 last year after glass panels on the £5.5m bridge were smashed, forcing its closure.

The PSNI confirmed that two men were arrested and received cautions and they paid for the damage they caused. A Department for Communities spokesperson confirmed to Sunday Life that the damage cost £7,500, which has been paid.

It happened hours after NATO crew members were seen partying in fancy dress onboard a minesweeper moored near the bridge. They were part of the Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group 1 which was visiting the city at the time.

A NATO spokesperson said disciplinary matters are handled by the sailors' national service branch.

Belfast Telegraph