Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fareham drain cover thefts 'hazardous'

Metal thieves have stolen up to £5,000 worth of drain covers from roads in Fareham in less than a week.

Hampshire County Council said the thefts, which began on 6 October, took place in a number of roads in Warsash and Locks Heath.

The 24 cast iron covers are worth about £8 each in scrap metal, but cost more than £200 to replace.

Councillor Mel Kendal said uncovered drains could cause "life-changing and life-threatening injuries".

He said: "It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured as a result of gully thieves' selfishness.

"Stealing gully gratings is mindless, highly dangerous and places greater financial burden on the council tax payer."

The gratings were being replaced as "quickly as possible", the county council said.

Witnesses or anyone who notices that a gully grating is missing are asked to contact police.

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