Cambs County Council spends �20k replacing manhole covers after more than 80 thefts in Fenland

MORE than 80 gulley grates and manhole covers have been stolen across Fenland in the last fortnight, costing Cambridgeshire County Council �20,000 in the process.

The grates and covers have been stolen from locations in Wisbech, Friday Bridge, Elm, March and Wimblington.

They cost �250 each to replace – meaning the county council has so far spent �20,000 on keeping roads safe.

A county council spokesman said: “Thieves have returned to some roads on more than one occasion.

“Apart from the financial implications it’s the road safety danger – it’s an appalling, callous and selfless type of theft for pedestrians and motorists, particularly with the dark mornings and nights.

“Police are investigating and appealing for witnesses. We will fully support the investigation.”

CONTACT: Police on 0345 456 4564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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