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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — After years of resisting the efforts of neighbors who deemed a bridge’s love locks eyesores, a Virginia city has sliced through those no longer enduring gestures of romance.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk public works crews removed more than 100 love locks from the Hague Bridge with power tools and bolt cutters on Wednesday, a day after city officials announced they would remove them to end a grand jury process for a public nuisance lawsuit.

City spokeswoman Lori Crouch says that the public works department won’t specifically monitor for a rekindling of the tokens. She says people can pick up removed locks.

Love locks have been placed on bridges worldwide, and are no strangers to controversy. In 2015, Paris officials removed 700,000 locks from the Pont des Arts over damage concerns.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,