Drain cover thefts put lives at risk

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ROAD risks were even more perilous in North Broomhill after the theft of 20 drain covers.

The incident took place in Station Road sometime between 5pm on Thursday, October 6 and 8am the following day.

Police believe that due to the number of the triangular covers taken the thieves must have used a vehicle and taken their haul to a scrap yard.

Officers are urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Morpeth Acting Inspector Dave Simpson said: “This type of crime causes a lot of disruption and can be at the detriment of public safety so I would urge all of the community to remain vigilant.

“Just because someone appears to be legitimate because they are wearing a hi-vis jacket we should not choose to ignore it.

“If anyone is seen removing items from the road or roadside then please call the police straight away. If it is legitimate then it will take us no time at all to confirm this.

“This type of offence is also extremely dangerous as the uncovered drains could cause accidents and injuries.

“We are doing all that we can to identify offenders and bring them to justice and would ask that the community reports any suspicious incidents.”

Anyone with information about the theft, or who witnessed anything suspicious at the time, should contact police on 03456 043043, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.