TESTS carried out on Eden Bridges following high river levels confirm no damage was caused to the structure.

Cumbria County Council carried out the inspection on Wednesday following Storm Gareth.

Engineers used BridgeCat machinery, from the Department of Transport, which the council has been deploying at sites around the county over the past 12 months.

It says it is important to carry out tests when the river level is higher than usual to gain valuable experience. It means the council can understand the impact for future events and can plan accordingly.

A council spokesman said: "It’s an inspection that we’re carrying out, albeit one that hasn’t been commissioned. There’s nothing wrong with the bridge that we know of.

"This site is particularly interesting as we’re operating at full reach of the crane and the water is fast flowing. BridgeCat uses sonar to get very clear underwater imagery and works best when river levels are high."

The River Eden reached 4.07m on Tuesday, more than double what it was the 24 hours earlier.