Norfolk judge to hear Hague 'Love Locks' case

A judge in Norfolk will hear from people who want to bring back "love locks" to the bridge that passes over the Hague in Ghent.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The fight over hundreds of locks latched on to the footbridge crossing the Hague in Norfolk is going to court.

While some see them as symbols of love, others call it an act of dangerous vandalism. Going as far back as 2015, neighbors have said they wanted them gone.

Couples put them on this bridge as a romantic gesture. The city only takes them down when they are in poor condition, or when they get in the way of maintenance or safety.

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According to our partners at the Virginian Pilot, there's a push from upset neighbors to force the city to remove them, calling the locks eyesores.

The group is taking the issue to court, asking a judge to have a grand jury review the issue. Officials have previously said the locks don't violate city code.

The judge will hear the case on January 22.

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