Bra bandit yet to be busted
Infamous fence gave valley’s international reputation a lift
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.