Nottinghamshire residents are being warned by the County Council to be wary of road drains with missing covers and to report anyone they see taking them.
Drain covers have been removed from roads across the county, mainly in remote locations, putting cyclists, pedestrians and even drivers at risk. In the last few weeks, 30 have been taken in the Mansfield district, 20 in Ashfield, 18 in Newark & Sherwood, 10 in Gedling, five in Bassetlaw, five in Rushcliffe and five in Broxtowe. They cost about £300 each to replace.
Anyone who spots anything suspicious or knows anything about these incidents is asked to call the police on 0300 300 9999.
Stuart Favill, Principal Cyclical Works Manager, said: “Removing the covers from road drains is a dangerous act, which puts the safety of all road users at risk and could even cost someone’s life. I urge anyone who sees or hears anything about this to contact the police as soon as possible.”