Grid thefts leave public at risk
posted by: GMP - Monday 18th October, 2010
Police in Salford are urging the community to report any suspicious behaviour relating to grids and manhole covers.
It comes after 154 street grids have been stolen across the city between 1 January and 6 September 2010, with 100 taken in the Peel Green, Irlam and Cadishead area. It is thought they are being sold by thieves for the scrap metal value.
Police will be visiting scrap merchants across the city to make them aware of the recent thefts and to advise them not to buy from sellers.
Now officers are not only urging the public to contact police should they witness the manhole cover removal but to be make sure they are aware of where they walk in case they fall and are hurt.
PC Helen Packer from Salford South Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Those who are responsible for stealing the grids are too concerned about making a quick sell rather than the safety of the general public. Serious injury could be caused should a member of the community fall into a manhole or uncovered grid.
“I urge people to take extra care when walking in streets and across roads where they know there are grids and manholes. Cyclists need to pay particular attention to the roads. If you witness any suspicious behaviour, such as the removal of the grids or covers, please contact police on 0161 872 5050.”
To report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit www.gmp.police.uk
You can also call anonymously with information about crime to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity who will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.
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