Thirty One Drain Covers Stolen In Redditch in one night

11 drain covers were stolen from Arthur Street, , four from Costers Lane, five from Broad Ground Road, one from Stonepits Lane, and 10 from Walkwood Road.

All of the offences happened between yesterday evening, Thursday 24 November, and this morning, Friday, 25 November.

The Arthur Street incident happened at 10.30pm yesterday evening when a worker reported a man in a silver Ford Transit-type van was taking the drain covers. Police attended and an extensive search of the area was carried out but the van had gone.

In Broad Ground Road a car was damaged by driving across one of the holes left in the road.

The drain covers are worth around £100 each.

West Mercia Police is liaising with Worcestershire County Council Highways over the thefts.

The force’s Crime Reduction Advisor for Worcestershire, Mr Peter Aston, said: “Thefts like these hit us all in the pocket as obviously the drain covers need to be replaced.

“However quite apart from the cost, the theft of drain covers obviously leads to safety concerns for road users.

“One car was damaged by driving into the hole left by a missing drain cover and pedestrians and cyclists in particular risk being seriously injured. We are urging all road users to be vigilant, especially during darkness.”

Officers are appealing to residents and night shift workers to report anything suspicious. Thieves may try to pass themselves off as highways workers, wearing fluorescent jackets and using official-looking vehicles. However legitimate vehicles will always be marked with Worcestershire Highways livery.

Anything suspicious should be reported to police on 0300 333 3000, ideally while the crime is in progress, and if possible witnesses are asked to note the registration number of the vehicle. Alternatively calls can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.