Bra ban­dit yet to be busted

In­fa­mous fence gave val­ley’s in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion a lift

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The con­tro­ver­sial bra fence in Cardrona has been stripped bare by a mys­tery vig­i­lante.

Hun­dreds of bras dis­ap­peared last week and ap­peared to have been re­moved by scis­sors.

‘‘It’s a mys­tery to all the val­ley. They just dis­ap­peared overnight,’’ Cardrona Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Bar­rie Mor­gan said.

It was not the first time the fence, which has been around for the past 20 years, had been sub­ject to theft with hun­dreds of bras stolen last year and ear­lier in its life.

In 2006 it was re­moved by the coun­cil but was re­vived a short time later. Con­cerns were raised ear­lier this year by some Cardrona res­i­dents that there would be a road ac­ci­dent if the fence was not re­lo­cated or signs in­stalled to warn driv­ers.

Tourists of­ten failed to pull off the road to a safe area when they spotted the fence, de­spite park­ing bays be­ing in­stalled.

The Cardrona Val­ley bra fence ear­lier this year.

Mor­gan said it was pos­si­ble the per­son who re­moved the bras was hop­ing to have it re­lo­cated faster.

Fence founder John Lee, who has been over­seas for the past month, ar­rived home at the weekend to find the bras miss­ing.

‘‘It’s hap­pened three times now but it keeps com­ing back. It’s funny.’’ When asked if he be­lieved the per­pe­tra­tor could be some­one in­volved in re­mov­ing the fence in the past, Lee said ‘‘it has to be’’.

It was a great vis­i­tor at­trac­tion so it was dis­ap­point­ing to see it van­dalised again, he said.

Af­ter: The fence af­ter hun­dreds of bras were mys­te­ri­ously re­moved, pos­si­bly with a pair of scis­sors.

Be­fore:

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