Dozens of drain covers stolen across Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: ‘ANNOYING’ Bournemouth Council Highways Inspectors Stuart Hiscock and Jody Twidale in Northbourne Avenue, one of the roads targeted by thieves who have removed drain covers ‘ANNOYING’ Bournemouth Council Highways Inspectors Stuart Hiscock and Jody Twidale in Northbourne Avenue, one of the roads targeted by thieves who have removed drain covers

MINDLESS vandals have removed dozens of drain gully covers across Bournemouth, causing problems for unwitting motorists.

Northbourne, Winton, Queens Park, Littledown and Strouden Park are the latest areas to be targeted in this most recent spate, which comes just weeks after roads in Southbourne and Hengistbury Head were vandalised.

It’s thought the thieves sell the drain covers as scrap metal but they create a headache for motorists, who risk getting stuck in the holes, and the council, which has to replace them.

One Northbourne Avenue resident, whose car got stuck in a hole outside her house, said: “There was just this almighty crunch and I didn’t know what had happened.

“Now I am stuck in this hole and have to wait for a recovery truck to come and lift the car out.

“It really was a massive bang. I imagine my suspension will have gone.

“It’s just annoying because my neighbour has since told me they rang the police and council at 9am but nothing was done for a couple of hours.

“I hit the hole at 10.30am.”

Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for cleansing and waste, said: “The stealing of these drain covers is not only antisocial but is also extremely dangerous and puts the safety of residents at risk, so we encourage people to get in touch if they spot anything suspicious or if they are offered any scrap metal from these drains.

“In the meantime our street services team have been securing the affected areas and replacing the covers and frames as quickly as possible.”

Roads where thefts have been reported include: Queens Park West Drive, St George’s Avenue, Broad Avenue, Harewood Avenue, Gainsborough Road, Newlands Road, Normanhurst Avenue, Northbourne Avenue, Markham Avenue, Markham Close, Gloucester Road, Horsham Avenue, Castleton Avenue and St Ledger’s Road.

Anyone with information about the incidents are asked to please contact Bournemouth council on 01202 451451, Dorset Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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7:49am Mon 9 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

I thought scrapyards now have stringent measures in place to accept scrap.
It's obvious what this scrap is on presentation to a scrapyard.
So it should make it easier for the Police as they will know who is likely to accept this scrap as is.
Change the covers to ABS plastic.
I thought scrapyards now have stringent measures in place to accept scrap. It's obvious what this scrap is on presentation to a scrapyard. So it should make it easier for the Police as they will know who is likely to accept this scrap as is. Change the covers to ABS plastic. BIGTONE

7:51am Mon 9 Dec 13

yet_another_one says...

The scum that are responsible should be caught and put somewhere where, allegedly, iron can be found on windows and doors.
I cannot understand why certain scrap metal dealers are not asking questions where these drain covers are coming from - these things are very heavy.
The scum that are responsible should be caught and put somewhere where, allegedly, iron can be found on windows and doors. I cannot understand why certain scrap metal dealers are not asking questions where these drain covers are coming from - these things are very heavy. yet_another_one

8:43am Mon 9 Dec 13

Ralph Horris says...

Are they vandals or just plain old theives ?
Are they vandals or just plain old theives ? Ralph Horris

8:59am Mon 9 Dec 13

jeebuscripes says...

They're not mindless. They're doing it to make money.

They're not vandals. They are scum.
They're not mindless. They're doing it to make money. They're not vandals. They are scum. jeebuscripes

9:04am Mon 9 Dec 13

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Come on Echo, make your mind up.

They're not 'mindless vandals' are they?

They are (cold hearted- that's what you often use) thieves.

Sort yourselves out.

Very nasty for anyone hitting one of those holes left.

The scrap metal industry needs a real sort out as well.
Come on Echo, make your mind up. They're not 'mindless vandals' are they? They are (cold hearted- that's what you often use) thieves. Sort yourselves out. Very nasty for anyone hitting one of those holes left. The scrap metal industry needs a real sort out as well. Bournemouth Ohec

9:25am Mon 9 Dec 13

BarrHumbug says...

I always thought the new guidelines for scrap dealers was a waste of time. Theres obviously a lot of money to be made from it as they probably don't give the thieves the market value for it because they know its pinched, they give them a cash in hand value, as long as the majority of it goes through the books a little bit of dodgy metal is like a christmas bonus!

As said, replace them with plastic ones like one council is doing with the non slip man hole covers
I always thought the new guidelines for scrap dealers was a waste of time. Theres obviously a lot of money to be made from it as they probably don't give the thieves the market value for it because they know its pinched, they give them a cash in hand value, as long as the majority of it goes through the books a little bit of dodgy metal is like a christmas bonus! As said, replace them with plastic ones like one council is doing with the non slip man hole covers BarrHumbug

9:27am Mon 9 Dec 13

Townee says...

Perhaps they are not selling these stolen things in the UK but putting them in containers and sending them out of the country.
Perhaps they are not selling these stolen things in the UK but putting them in containers and sending them out of the country. Townee

9:30am Mon 9 Dec 13

a.g.o.g. says...

So park the car over-night on or across one or more if you can maybe.....
So park the car over-night on or across one or more if you can maybe..... a.g.o.g.

9:39am Mon 9 Dec 13

rayc says...

"Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for cleansing and waste, said: “The stealing of these drain covers is not only antisocial but is also extremely dangerous and puts the safety of residents at risk,"

So can we expect the resources of the No Excuse team and the Council Camera car to be assigned to the detection of the offenders? It is claimed that both of those resources are targeted at reducing the risk of injury on the roads and this should be taken just as seriously.
"Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for cleansing and waste, said: “The stealing of these drain covers is not only antisocial but is also extremely dangerous and puts the safety of residents at risk," So can we expect the resources of the No Excuse team and the Council Camera car to be assigned to the detection of the offenders? It is claimed that both of those resources are targeted at reducing the risk of injury on the roads and this should be taken just as seriously. rayc

10:04am Mon 9 Dec 13

madras says...

BIGTONE wrote:
I thought scrapyards now have stringent measures in place to accept scrap.
It's obvious what this scrap is on presentation to a scrapyard.
So it should make it easier for the Police as they will know who is likely to accept this scrap as is.
Change the covers to ABS plastic.
I think the missing word above is 'should' - as in 'should have' - if the manager of the scrap yard doesn't enforce it (ie wants to make a quick buck) then it's not going to work
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: I thought scrapyards now have stringent measures in place to accept scrap. It's obvious what this scrap is on presentation to a scrapyard. So it should make it easier for the Police as they will know who is likely to accept this scrap as is. Change the covers to ABS plastic.[/p][/quote]I think the missing word above is 'should' - as in 'should have' - if the manager of the scrap yard doesn't enforce it (ie wants to make a quick buck) then it's not going to work madras

10:18am Mon 9 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

rayc wrote:
"Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for cleansing and waste, said: “The stealing of these drain covers is not only antisocial but is also extremely dangerous and puts the safety of residents at risk,"

So can we expect the resources of the No Excuse team and the Council Camera car to be assigned to the detection of the offenders? It is claimed that both of those resources are targeted at reducing the risk of injury on the roads and this should be taken just as seriously.
Don't be daft, you don't make massive profits from catching real criminals!
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: "Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for cleansing and waste, said: “The stealing of these drain covers is not only antisocial but is also extremely dangerous and puts the safety of residents at risk," So can we expect the resources of the No Excuse team and the Council Camera car to be assigned to the detection of the offenders? It is claimed that both of those resources are targeted at reducing the risk of injury on the roads and this should be taken just as seriously.[/p][/quote]Don't be daft, you don't make massive profits from catching real criminals! speedy231278

11:04am Mon 9 Dec 13

smhinto says...

Yes - A severe 'drain' on council resources!!
Yes - A severe 'drain' on council resources!! smhinto

12:59pm Mon 9 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

This has been a problem in other parts of the country. One Council somewhere "up north" was so fed up with having to repeatedly replace metal drain covers that they found a heavy duty plastic covers which have no scrap value.
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This has been a problem in other parts of the country. One Council somewhere "up north" was so fed up with having to repeatedly replace metal drain covers that they found a heavy duty plastic covers which have no scrap value. . BmthNewshound

2:08pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Dibbles2 says...

Quote “It really was a massive bang. I imagine my suspension will have gone.

“It’s just annoying because my neighbour has since told me they rang the police and council at 9am but nothing was done for a couple of hours.

“I hit the hole at 10.30am.” Good god how quickly do you expect them to come out! I think a couple of hours was admirable and cant people see these gaping holes in broad daylight?
Quote “It really was a massive bang. I imagine my suspension will have gone. “It’s just annoying because my neighbour has since told me they rang the police and council at 9am but nothing was done for a couple of hours. “I hit the hole at 10.30am.” Good god how quickly do you expect them to come out! I think a couple of hours was admirable and cant people see these gaping holes in broad daylight? Dibbles2

3:00pm Mon 9 Dec 13

lawzie says...

Quote “It really was a massive bang. I imagine my suspension will have gone.

“It’s just annoying because my neighbour has since told me they rang the police and council at 9am but nothing was done for a couple of hours.

“I hit the hole at 10.30am.” Good god how quickly do you expect them to come out! I think a couple of hours was admirable and cant people see these gaping holes in broad daylight

Totally agree with this! why didn't the' great' neighbour make them aware or put a sign up or even put something there to prevent his neighbours driving into it in broad day light!
Quote “It really was a massive bang. I imagine my suspension will have gone. “It’s just annoying because my neighbour has since told me they rang the police and council at 9am but nothing was done for a couple of hours. “I hit the hole at 10.30am.” Good god how quickly do you expect them to come out! I think a couple of hours was admirable and cant people see these gaping holes in broad daylight Totally agree with this! why didn't the' great' neighbour make them aware or put a sign up or even put something there to prevent his neighbours driving into it in broad day light! lawzie

8:50pm Mon 9 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

madras wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
I thought scrapyards now have stringent measures in place to accept scrap.
It's obvious what this scrap is on presentation to a scrapyard.
So it should make it easier for the Police as they will know who is likely to accept this scrap as is.
Change the covers to ABS plastic.
I think the missing word above is 'should' - as in 'should have' - if the manager of the scrap yard doesn't enforce it (ie wants to make a quick buck) then it's not going to work
Yes but if plod calls they have to justify and have documented all transactions in and out of the yard. All transactions have to be cheque or BACS payments.
The Police also work in conjunction with HMRC so they can look into company accounts and see all transactions prior to a site visit.
So a dishonest dealer still has to shift it on. If it's kept in stock the transactions won't match the stock.
Any deviations in paperwork etc and they are nicked and Bye Bye operators licence.
A lot to sacrifice.
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: I thought scrapyards now have stringent measures in place to accept scrap. It's obvious what this scrap is on presentation to a scrapyard. So it should make it easier for the Police as they will know who is likely to accept this scrap as is. Change the covers to ABS plastic.[/p][/quote]I think the missing word above is 'should' - as in 'should have' - if the manager of the scrap yard doesn't enforce it (ie wants to make a quick buck) then it's not going to work[/p][/quote]Yes but if plod calls they have to justify and have documented all transactions in and out of the yard. All transactions have to be cheque or BACS payments. The Police also work in conjunction with HMRC so they can look into company accounts and see all transactions prior to a site visit. So a dishonest dealer still has to shift it on. If it's kept in stock the transactions won't match the stock. Any deviations in paperwork etc and they are nicked and Bye Bye operators licence. A lot to sacrifice. BIGTONE

9:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

we-shall-see says...

a.g.o.g. wrote:
So park the car over-night on or across one or more if you can maybe.....
That doesn't stop them. My friend's daughter was parked slightly over a drain cover and had the side of her car scratched very deeply after those idiots removed the cover from beneath her car - and she not realising the drain was missing drove into the hole and her car is currently in a garage waiting to see if it can be repaired. Her fear is that as a young woman with an older car, that the insurance will write it off if the chassis is damaged as she suspects it is, leaving her without transport for her job as a mobile care assistant and ultimately putting her out of a job.

For a few quid in stolen metal, these people just do not realise the hurt and damage they cause to other people's lives >:o(
[quote][p][bold]a.g.o.g.[/bold] wrote: So park the car over-night on or across one or more if you can maybe.....[/p][/quote]That doesn't stop them. My friend's daughter was parked slightly over a drain cover and had the side of her car scratched very deeply after those idiots removed the cover from beneath her car - and she not realising the drain was missing drove into the hole and her car is currently in a garage waiting to see if it can be repaired. Her fear is that as a young woman with an older car, that the insurance will write it off if the chassis is damaged as she suspects it is, leaving her without transport for her job as a mobile care assistant and ultimately putting her out of a job. For a few quid in stolen metal, these people just do not realise the hurt and damage they cause to other people's lives >:o( we-shall-see

1:14am Tue 10 Dec 13

yet_another_one says...

Catch them.
Should responsibility be put firmly on the shoulders of those who are guilty of these actiions.
Name them, shame them - as Dorset Police are doing with drivers who are guilty of drink-driving.
Potential employers should then hesitate in taking these scum on - simples.
Catch them. Should responsibility be put firmly on the shoulders of those who are guilty of these actiions. Name them, shame them - as Dorset Police are doing with drivers who are guilty of drink-driving. Potential employers should then hesitate in taking these scum on - simples. yet_another_one

12:55pm Tue 10 Dec 13

spooki says...

You would think if they were on foot these things would be too heavy...so they must have a van. No one noticed a van loitering?
You would think if they were on foot these things would be too heavy...so they must have a van. No one noticed a van loitering? spooki

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