More than 100 manhole covers stolen in Bournemouth and Poole in past two months

Bournemouth Echo: More than 100 manhole covers stolen in Bournemouth and Poole in past two months More than 100 manhole covers stolen in Bournemouth and Poole in past two months

MORE than 100 manhole covers have been stolen in Bournemouth and Poole over the past two months, Dorset Police have confirmed.

The latest thefts, of eight manhole covers, were discovered last week in the Talbot Woods area of Bournemouth.

The Daily Echo reported on previous thefts earlier this month. Read the story here 

Detectives say the scrap value of each cover is just £8, while the cost of replacing them can be up to 30 times that amount. This means councils could already be looking facing a combined £20,000 bill.

The latest thefts, from Dulsie Road, Carrbridge Road and Keith Road, were reported at 9.30pm on Thursday.

Detective Sergeant Alistair Rogers, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “These crimes create very hazardous conditions as motorist may drive into the holes or have to take potentially dangerous actions to avoid them.

“Over 100 covers have been stolen during night time hours in Poole and Bournemouth since October this year at a big cost to councils.”

Dec Sgt Rogers believes the covers, which each have their own distinctive logos, are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer.

He said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed these incidents take place, has information about those responsible or saw any suspicious behaviour in the areas to contact police.

“I would like the public to report the registration numbers of vehicles seen removing the manhole covers as the offenders may be dressed in high visibility jackets.

“If residents have CCTV footage that may have recorded the thefts, they should contact police.”

Last week the Daily Echo reported how dozens of drain gulley covers had been stolen in the Northbourne, Winton, Queens Park, Littledown and Strouden Park areas of Bournemouth.

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'm stuck in this hole and have to wait for a recovery truck to come and lift the car out.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101.

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10:40am Tue 17 Dec 13

rayc says...

Why don't the councils buy the overs back from the scrap yards they are taken to. I am sure that the Police with all the technologies available to them know where they are going. We are after all told that the thousands of CCTV and ANPR cameras are neccessary as they are used in the prevention of crime.
The Police said " they are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer" that could cover a large number of them then.
Why don't the councils buy the overs back from the scrap yards they are taken to. I am sure that the Police with all the technologies available to them know where they are going. We are after all told that the thousands of CCTV and ANPR cameras are neccessary as they are used in the prevention of crime. The Police said " they are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer" that could cover a large number of them then. rayc

10:40am Tue 17 Dec 13

Sir Beachy Head says...

"are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer"

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Are there any scrap metal dealers that aren't rouges?
I've not heard of any.
"are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer" ----- Are there any scrap metal dealers that aren't rouges? I've not heard of any. Sir Beachy Head

11:22am Tue 17 Dec 13

Duckorange says...

rayc wrote:
Why don't the councils buy the overs back from the scrap yards they are taken to. I am sure that the Police with all the technologies available to them know where they are going. We are after all told that the thousands of CCTV and ANPR cameras are neccessary as they are used in the prevention of crime.
The Police said " they are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer" that could cover a large number of them then.
Buy? They're receiving stolen goods.
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: Why don't the councils buy the overs back from the scrap yards they are taken to. I am sure that the Police with all the technologies available to them know where they are going. We are after all told that the thousands of CCTV and ANPR cameras are neccessary as they are used in the prevention of crime. The Police said " they are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer" that could cover a large number of them then.[/p][/quote]Buy? They're receiving stolen goods. Duckorange

11:26am Tue 17 Dec 13

crispy_pants says...

Unfortunately our country is now riddled with scum who have no scruples whatsoever.
Unfortunately our country is now riddled with scum who have no scruples whatsoever. crispy_pants

11:46am Tue 17 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

Rather than replace them with metal covers why not use the heavy duty plastic covers used by other local authorities who have faced similar problems.
Rather than replace them with metal covers why not use the heavy duty plastic covers used by other local authorities who have faced similar problems. BmthNewshound

11:58am Tue 17 Dec 13

Baysider says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Rather than replace them with metal covers why not use the heavy duty plastic covers used by other local authorities who have faced similar problems.
How do you know they are not?
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Rather than replace them with metal covers why not use the heavy duty plastic covers used by other local authorities who have faced similar problems.[/p][/quote]How do you know they are not? Baysider

12:02pm Tue 17 Dec 13

jeebuscripes says...

Why is there such a difference between the scrap value and the original value?

30 times as much?
Why is there such a difference between the scrap value and the original value? 30 times as much? jeebuscripes

12:06pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rozmister says...

rayc wrote:
Why don't the councils buy the overs back from the scrap yards they are taken to. I am sure that the Police with all the technologies available to them know where they are going. We are after all told that the thousands of CCTV and ANPR cameras are neccessary as they are used in the prevention of crime. The Police said " they are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer" that could cover a large number of them then.
A rogue dealer would melt them down they wouldn't sell them in tact for use again. You don't have to be a rocket science to realise that stealing something you stole off someone back to them is a really stupid thing to do.
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: Why don't the councils buy the overs back from the scrap yards they are taken to. I am sure that the Police with all the technologies available to them know where they are going. We are after all told that the thousands of CCTV and ANPR cameras are neccessary as they are used in the prevention of crime. The Police said " they are likely being sold to a rogue scrap metal dealer" that could cover a large number of them then.[/p][/quote]A rogue dealer would melt them down they wouldn't sell them in tact for use again. You don't have to be a rocket science to realise that stealing something you stole off someone back to them is a really stupid thing to do. rozmister

12:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.
There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed. muscliffman

2:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.
Well then you would be wrong. I recently took some metal in to a yard and had to provide details of my address and ID and only then was I paid. By cheque. If you weren't dealt with in the same way you should report it.

The issue is going to be with one or two dodgy yards, probably some distance away, where they are still happy to deal with their equally dodgy associates in this way.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.[/p][/quote]Well then you would be wrong. I recently took some metal in to a yard and had to provide details of my address and ID and only then was I paid. By cheque. If you weren't dealt with in the same way you should report it. The issue is going to be with one or two dodgy yards, probably some distance away, where they are still happy to deal with their equally dodgy associates in this way. Baysider

3:02pm Tue 17 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.
Well then you would be wrong. I recently took some metal in to a yard and had to provide details of my address and ID and only then was I paid. By cheque. If you weren't dealt with in the same way you should report it.

The issue is going to be with one or two dodgy yards, probably some distance away, where they are still happy to deal with their equally dodgy associates in this way.
I am certainly not wrong because it happened, the items were stolen from my business site and cash (not a cheque) was handed over by an established local scrap yard who rather reluctantly admitted doing so - it was of course reported.

I am sure some scrap dealers are doing things by the recent 'voluntary' rules, but only a while ago apparently at least some still were not. This would seem to be one possible explanation for these local thieves being able to dispose of stolen utility manhole covers, unless of course they have their very own smelting furnace!
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.[/p][/quote]Well then you would be wrong. I recently took some metal in to a yard and had to provide details of my address and ID and only then was I paid. By cheque. If you weren't dealt with in the same way you should report it. The issue is going to be with one or two dodgy yards, probably some distance away, where they are still happy to deal with their equally dodgy associates in this way.[/p][/quote]I am certainly not wrong because it happened, the items were stolen from my business site and cash (not a cheque) was handed over by an established local scrap yard who rather reluctantly admitted doing so - it was of course reported. I am sure some scrap dealers are doing things by the recent 'voluntary' rules, but only a while ago apparently at least some still were not. This would seem to be one possible explanation for these local thieves being able to dispose of stolen utility manhole covers, unless of course they have their very own smelting furnace! muscliffman

3:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

UrbanCrab says...

Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.
Well then you would be wrong. I recently took some metal in to a yard and had to provide details of my address and ID and only then was I paid. By cheque. If you weren't dealt with in the same way you should report it.

The issue is going to be with one or two dodgy yards, probably some distance away, where they are still happy to deal with their equally dodgy associates in this way.
I don't necessarily agree with your logic. It is of course entirely possible that the scrap dealer you mentioned mistook you for a council employee and checked your ID to be on the safe side. To assume that they do this for all their customers especially people they have been dealing with for many years is a huge assumption and most likely wrong. As with many criminals operating at the moment they are all aware of how terribly thin the police resources are getting whilst simultaneously having increased expectations heaped upon them. This, coupled with the economic pressures fuelled by the Governments Austerity measures, is leading to increased levels of crime, much that goes unreported, as criminals and victims alike know that, in many cases especially of a less serious nature, these crimes are likely to be barely looked at and will end up with the statistics department for manipulation and publication.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.[/p][/quote]Well then you would be wrong. I recently took some metal in to a yard and had to provide details of my address and ID and only then was I paid. By cheque. If you weren't dealt with in the same way you should report it. The issue is going to be with one or two dodgy yards, probably some distance away, where they are still happy to deal with their equally dodgy associates in this way.[/p][/quote]I don't necessarily agree with your logic. It is of course entirely possible that the scrap dealer you mentioned mistook you for a council employee and checked your ID to be on the safe side. To assume that they do this for all their customers especially people they have been dealing with for many years is a huge assumption and most likely wrong. As with many criminals operating at the moment they are all aware of how terribly thin the police resources are getting whilst simultaneously having increased expectations heaped upon them. This, coupled with the economic pressures fuelled by the Governments Austerity measures, is leading to increased levels of crime, much that goes unreported, as criminals and victims alike know that, in many cases especially of a less serious nature, these crimes are likely to be barely looked at and will end up with the statistics department for manipulation and publication. UrbanCrab

4:50pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Baysider says...

UrbanCrab wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.
Well then you would be wrong. I recently took some metal in to a yard and had to provide details of my address and ID and only then was I paid. By cheque. If you weren't dealt with in the same way you should report it.

The issue is going to be with one or two dodgy yards, probably some distance away, where they are still happy to deal with their equally dodgy associates in this way.
I don't necessarily agree with your logic. It is of course entirely possible that the scrap dealer you mentioned mistook you for a council employee and checked your ID to be on the safe side. To assume that they do this for all their customers especially people they have been dealing with for many years is a huge assumption and most likely wrong. As with many criminals operating at the moment they are all aware of how terribly thin the police resources are getting whilst simultaneously having increased expectations heaped upon them. This, coupled with the economic pressures fuelled by the Governments Austerity measures, is leading to increased levels of crime, much that goes unreported, as criminals and victims alike know that, in many cases especially of a less serious nature, these crimes are likely to be barely looked at and will end up with the statistics department for manipulation and publication.
Don't get me wrong I'm not stupid and have been around long enough to realise it's still going on and will probably go on for a while yet as the price of metal's so high. I was responding to Muzzyman's generality that nothing had changed whereas in my experience, and my experience only I'd add, with that particular dealer they were doing what they were required to it seems. Not sure what his reference to voluntary rules is about as it is now an offence to buy scrap with cash.
[quote][p][bold]UrbanCrab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: There are tow criminal parties in this action, the original thief and the scrap metal merchant buying these very easily recognisable items. A little while ago we were told scrap yards would improve their repute and stop paying cash no questions asked for metal from strangers, my own local experience is that absolutely nothing has changed.[/p][/quote]Well then you would be wrong. I recently took some metal in to a yard and had to provide details of my address and ID and only then was I paid. By cheque. If you weren't dealt with in the same way you should report it. The issue is going to be with one or two dodgy yards, probably some distance away, where they are still happy to deal with their equally dodgy associates in this way.[/p][/quote]I don't necessarily agree with your logic. It is of course entirely possible that the scrap dealer you mentioned mistook you for a council employee and checked your ID to be on the safe side. To assume that they do this for all their customers especially people they have been dealing with for many years is a huge assumption and most likely wrong. As with many criminals operating at the moment they are all aware of how terribly thin the police resources are getting whilst simultaneously having increased expectations heaped upon them. This, coupled with the economic pressures fuelled by the Governments Austerity measures, is leading to increased levels of crime, much that goes unreported, as criminals and victims alike know that, in many cases especially of a less serious nature, these crimes are likely to be barely looked at and will end up with the statistics department for manipulation and publication.[/p][/quote]Don't get me wrong I'm not stupid and have been around long enough to realise it's still going on and will probably go on for a while yet as the price of metal's so high. I was responding to Muzzyman's generality that nothing had changed whereas in my experience, and my experience only I'd add, with that particular dealer they were doing what they were required to it seems. Not sure what his reference to voluntary rules is about as it is now an offence to buy scrap with cash. Baysider

6:33pm Tue 17 Dec 13

jazzy jenkins says...

Beggars belief
Beggars belief jazzy jenkins

6:39pm Tue 17 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

Well it would appear the CCTV and other paraphernalia...i.e. talking lamposts aren't working.....these scallys are miles ahead of the soft lad bizzys........weep!
Well it would appear the CCTV and other paraphernalia...i.e. talking lamposts aren't working.....these scallys are miles ahead of the soft lad bizzys........weep! O'Reilly

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