Spate of manhole cover thefts in city

Published Thursday, 30 January 2014
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Police are investigating a spate of manhole cover thefts in east Belfast.

Spate of manhole cover thefts in city
Police said this type of criminal activity can be extremely dangerous. (© PSNI)

They said a number have been stolen from roads in and around Castlereagh recently.

All of the thefts took place in the past 10 days and happened in the Knockbracken Road, Peartree Hill and Ballymaconnaghy Road areas.

Police warned that removing manhole covers is not only a crime in itself but is also "extremely dangerous" as it presents a serious hazard for other road users.

A spokesperson said: "We would ask anyone who sees anyone appearing to 'work' at manholes to take a quick look and see if the proper Road Service signage has been set up around the works. If not, please report that activity to police immediately.

"The number is 0845 600 8000."

© UTV News
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6 Comments
Observer in Online wrote (263 days ago):
A large hole was left where the manhole cover was stolen - police are looking into it! LOL
shamrock in Belfast wrote (263 days ago):
The PSNI are looking into it lol.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (263 days ago):
Scrap merchants should be on the look out for people trying to sell them on for scrap.
Steve in County Down wrote (266 days ago):
Why can't these manhole covers be locked like alloy wheels on cars for example? It's a simple idea that would save money, hassle and could save lives.
Peter in Belfast wrote (266 days ago):
These are being stolen to be sold as scrap. Very dangerous. At night a person or a bike could kill themselves. This needs to stop.
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