Beware – spate of drain cover thefts across our area

Drain covers have been stolen in Brickiln Street and New Road, Brownhills. Image posted on Facebook by Lynda Hutchings.

Just a warning that across the area of North Walsall last night (Wednesday 27th-Thursday 28th November 2019) scumbags have been out stealing roadside drain (‘gully’) covers, presumably for scrap.

Areas affected I’ve heard about include Clayhanger, Shire Oak, Brownhills and Aldridge. Thieves take the covers leaving a dangerous, open drain in the gutter. It’s an evil, dangerous thing to do.

There are reports that a red people-carrier style car is involved, but be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously. These people need catching or someone is going to get hurt.

I was under the impression scrap yards were not allowed to accept these grids.

A spate of this kind of theft seems to recur every couple of years and costs councils big money. Beware particularly if crossing the road, riding a bike or motorbike, for obvious reasons.

If you spot a cover missing, please call Clean and Green at Walsall Council on 01922 653344 – that number is active 24 hours. This is essential to get the resultant danger covered up.

If you have any info on the absolute tools doing this, please do contact police via Live Chat at between 8am and midnight or call 101 anytime.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers UK can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote log number 82 of 24/11/2018.



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