MEMBERS of the public are being asked to look out for drain cover thieves and for missing ironworks in the road following a spate of thefts.
Fifteen road gulley gratings have been stolen from the Tilehurst and Southcote areas in the last week.
Highways Officers are working hard to replace the missing covers as quickly as possible with a new anti-theft model.
It is believed the covers are being taken to sell as scrap metal and the Council’s Trading Standards team have called local scrap dealers to alert them.
The thefts have been reported to the police who have asked PCSO’s patrolling the area to be vigilant. Members of the public are also being asked to help.
Councillor Tony Page, Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“As well as being expensive to replace these covers quickly, these thefts also present a real danger to road users.
“I would urge people to keep their eyes peeled and to call the police if they see anyone attempting to take a cover or acting suspiciously.”
Anyone who spots a missing drain cover should call the Council on (0118) 937 3787 while anyone who sees a cover being taken should call the police on 101.