Roadside drains can be more than a metre deep and present a potential risk to the safety of road users and pedestrians, particularly at night when they are not easily visible. Thefts started in Aldridge and Clayhanger on Wednesday afternoon, with witnesses reporting they saw thieves using a red people carrier. Operatives continue to be deployed to make each location safe and replacement covers will be installed over the coming week.
This is a dangerous and costly problem and the council are working closely with West Midlands Police who are investigating the thefts. It is thought that the covers may have been taken to be sold as scrap metal. Not only are they costly to replace but also leave a deep hole in the road which means that at times of heavy rainfall the drain holes could get blocked.
We would encourage members of the public to help us tackle thefts by being extra vigilant and to report any missing manholes or gully covers as soon as possible to our contact centre on 01922 650000 quoting Crime reference number: 632\28\1\2019
Notes to editors:
• Pictured is Cranleigh Close, Aldridge showing safety work that has been put in place opposite a school.
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