42 More Drain Covers Stolen From Redditch

Police are reiterating warnings to people to be vigilant after a further 42 drain covers were stolen in Redditch.

The thefts, between Thursday evening, 8 December, and Friday morning, 9 December, happened a fortnight after 31 drain covers were taken in Redditch.

The latest thefts happened in the Woodrow Drive, Greenlands Drive, Woodrow North Terrace area. The drain covers were worth around £4,000.

The previous thefts, which happened between Thursday 24 November and Friday 25 November, were in the Arthur Street, Costers Lane, Broad Ground Road, Stonepits Lane, and Walkwood Road areas.

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: “During the previous spate of thefts a car was damaged by driving across a missing drain cover, and it is only a matter of time before a pedestrian or cyclist is seriously injured.

“Furthermore, the cost of replacing drain covers obviously has to come out of the public purse and so it is in the interests of all of us to be vigilant.

“Officers are proactive in stopping and checking vehicles carrying scrap, and in visiting scrap yards, but residents, night shift workers, and dog walkers can all help by watching out for people acting suspiciously at night or early in a morning.

“Offenders will probably using a van and may be trying to pass themselves off as road workers by wearing high-visibility jackets. However legitimate vehicles will be marked with Worcestershire Highways livery, and genuine workers will always be happy to reassure members of the public about what they are doing.”

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.