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Alert over drain covers theft

PUBLISHED: 14:34 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:13 25 August 2010

A SPATE of iron thefts have hit the borough as thieves risk residents lives to sell drain covers on as scrap metal.

A SPATE of iron thefts have hit the borough as thieves risk residents' lives to sell drain covers on as scrap metal.

Eight gulley covers were stolen from the Belvedere and Crayford in the last week, exposing surface water drains in the roads which residents can fall down or injure themselves on whilst driving.

Bexley council was forced to mobilise an emergency team to replace the stolen cast-iron grids to prevent any accidents.

This comes after the crime cost the borough £25,000 last year when 100 covers were stolen and needed replacing.

Now council bosses are asking residents to report any suspicious behaviour on Bexley's roads including handing over the registration number of any vehicles involved. Bexley's gulley covers are sprayed with permanent blue or green paint, enabling them to be easily identified if someone tries to sell them.

Ten cast iron covers with Bexley's identification marks were recovered from a local scrap yard two weeks ago, which police are still investigating.

To report any incidents contact the council's 24-hour service on 0208 303 7777. All calls are confidential.

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