South Shropshire drain covers theft poses 'hazard'

A spate of drain cover thefts have been carried out in south Shropshire in the last few days.

Shropshire Council is appealing for people's help following the theft of 18 drain covers over the last week.

The drain covers have been reported missing in Cleobury Mortimer, Milson and Neen Sollars.

A council spokesman said the thefts present a "real hazard" to motorists and pedestrians and also cost £250 each to replace.

He added the council would always report any missing grids to the police, and will prosecute any offenders.

'Serious danger'

Councillor Martin Taylor-Smith, Shropshire Council's cabinet member for transport and IT, said: "We encourage members of the public to let us know if they spot any missing covers or can provide any information on the perpetrators.

"We ask people not to steal these, as their absence poses a serious danger to road users."

He added the money used to replace them came out of the council's "already stretched highways budget".

Madge Shineton, Shropshire councillor for Cleobury Mortimer, said: "This really is a most selfish and irresponsible theft.

"I urge anyone who may have any information, or if they've seen a vehicle in the area, to notify the police."

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