THIEVES who stole a string of drain covers from roads in the north of the county have been slammed for the “dangerous” act.
The thefts have been branded as “stupid” by community leaders, who believe the consequences could have been horrendous and led to someone breaking their leg.
Police have reported 11 thefts of drain covers from the Bagillt, Gronant, Talacre and Holywell areas. Bagillt councillor Mike Reece said six covers were stolen at the weekend in Bagillt alone.
“It is really dangerous,” he said. “Six have been taken along the side of the pavement and Flintshire Council has had to come out to put temporary covers on as a safety measure.”
He added: “If someone is walking along in the dark and they don’t see the hole they would break their leg.
“It’s very dangerous – you could snap your leg in half.”
Police have warned motorists and pedestrians to be wary while on the roads – saying motorbikers are especially at risk.
Steve Jones, head of Flintshire Council’s Streetscene department, said: “There has been a number of reported gully grating thefts recently in the north of the county.
“Missing gully tops can be very hazardous to carriageway users particularly motorbikes, cyclists and horse riders and all users on rural roads where there are no footpaths.”
Sgt Sue Richards, of North Wales Police’s Deeside Neighbourhood Policing Team, said police are treating the thefts as related.
“Motorists should be careful while driving,” she added. “The drain covers will be highly identifiable.
“Anyone with any information should contact police on 101, quoting the reference number R016354.”