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Drain covers stolen

PUBLISHED: 18:28 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

ELEVEN drain covers were stolen overnight in the latest spate of iron thefts.

ELEVEN drain covers were stolen overnight in the latest spate of iron thefts.

The industrial cast iron grids which are used to cover surface drains in roads in the Crossway area of Thamesmead were stolen overnight on Tuesday, October 7.

An emergency crew had to replace the covers at an estimated cost of £3,000 to Bexley council.

This comes after the council sprayed all gulley covers in Bexley with permanent blue or green paint so they could be easily identified if someone tried to sell them.

The council and the police also visited scrap dealers to warn them not to buy any grills which carry the paint markings.

A council spokesperson said: "Unless the culprits are caught quickly, there is a real risk of serious injury if someone falls or drives into an exposed drain."

This comes after more than 100 covers were stolen across the borough throughout May and June, costing approximately £25,000 to replace.

Residents can report anything suspicious to the police, including registration numbers of vehicles involved. To report incidents call the Highways and Amenities Team on 020 8303 7777 which is open 24 hours.

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