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We are appealing for information on drain cover thefts

Published: 19 September 2023

Following a spate of drain cover thefts we are asking residents to report any suspicious activity to the police.

More than 50 drain covers have been stolen from roads in Derbyshire in the last month, mainly in Breaston and Borrowash, but also other areas of South Derbyshire.

Each missing drain cover is dangerous for all road users, especially those on bikes or motorbikes. And each replacement costs in the region of £300.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Assets and Transport, Councillor Charlotte Cupit, said:

“We are facing a real issue with people stealing drain covers. We are very worried that a serious accident could be caused by these illegal actions.

“We also have to replace each one that is taken, and that costs time and takes our road workers off other jobs to go out and replace them.

“I’m appealing to everyone in Derbyshire to report any suspicious activity to the police. We report each one taken to the police so please let them know if you have any information on these thefts.”

To contact the police to report any information on the thefts:

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on phone them on tel: 0800 555 111.