Thieves have stolen hundreds of manhole covers to sell as scrap
16 June 2010

Thieves have stolen hundreds of manhole covers to sell as scrap, putting road users at risk and costing councils hundreds of thousands of pounds.

For example, Surrey county council has spent £160,000 so far replacing the covers, which cost up to £400 each.

High scrap metal prices have resulted in an increase in thefts, with over 500 stolen this year in Surrey alone. They are often sold abroad, so that they can't be traced as stolen.

Subsequently concerns have risen that the exposed holes could damage cars that drive over them and cause accidents if drivers try to swerve round them.

As a result, it has been proposed that any new manholes are fitted with a more advanced locking system.

James Lewis-Barned

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16 June 2010

It's like stealing brass plaques from cemetries or bronze scultpture in order to sell them as scrap. It didn't happen before the EU required the UK to allow any EU scum into the country. If they have no cultural attachment to the UK, they'll treat it like ****.

Crimes such as this should be treated extremely harshly because it literally breaks down the infrastructure of our country. As Alf Garnett would say, hanging is too good for them. Catch them and stick them in jail for 20 years. I don't mean the type of namby-pamby jail that is more like a holiday than a punishment - no tv/stereo/etc, no books, no hot water, rubbish food (and not enough of it), hard labour, one blanket, compulsory sodomy - essentially, a russian labour camp but in the uk rather than russia. No serving time in their own country. Re-offenders to get 40 years.

Catch a few and punish them in this way and word would spread. They would stop.

16 June 2010

I know how much damage a raised manhole cover can do, let alone a missing one! Hit one that some kids had been messing around with. It was about an inch or so protruding up and I hit it with one of my back wheels, an 18 inch wearing 215/35s......

.....you can guess the damage! Written off tyre and a nice dent in the wheel!!!

So yes, I agree, "String 'em up!"

16 June 2010

Tinkers. Pikeys. Gadgees.

Call them what you like, but ask why we should put up with these people? Everywhere these "travellers" go there's a crime wave. And when they leave just look at the mess they leave at their camp site.

Time this country got a backbone again.

16 June 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]It didn't happen before the EU required the UK to allow any EU scum into the country[/quote]

Save it for the Daily Mail letters page, sheesh.....this has been going on for decades. My ex-boss used to take a mate's low loader on night time trips 'round Birkenhead in the mid-60's lifting manhole covers for scrap.


16 June 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna] It didn't happen before the EU required the UK to allow any EU scum into the country. [/quote]

Absolute Bollocks. I've worked in construction since 1983 and I saw sites getting robbed of copper pipes, church roofs stripped of lead, lorry loads of materials going missing and rail signal wires stripped for copper since day one. Long before the "scum" as you call them thought about a visit to Britain.

As for these "scum" I'd just like to say if it wasn't for very hard working Eastern European skilled tradesmen I, as a commercial manager who's bonuses were based on meeting timeline targets and project profitshares would not have made nearly as much money as I did over the last decade.

16 June 2010

[quote tannedbaldhead]Absolute ***. [/quote]

Looks like you can't say a word that begins with a "B" and ends in "ollocks".

16 June 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]It didn't happen before the EU required the UK to allow any EU scum into the country. If they have no cultural attachment to the UK, they'll treat it like ****.[/quote]

thats not true.and a stupid logic.

16 June 2010

tannedbaldhead - Did I associate the word scum with Eastern Europeans? No, I didn't, but you appear to have implied it. Do you know how easy it is to prevent criminals who are citizens of other EU countries from entering the UK? It is (practically) impossible. In the good old days, we could refuse entry. Before you get on your high-horse, I'm not inferring that all Eastern Europeans are murderers, thieves, & vagabonds, who should be refused entry. Some are, some are not.

At least nobody argued against my draconian punishments. Having said that, someone will probably now tell me that the way to prevent crime is to give every potential criminal so much money that they can't be bothered to get out of bed in the morning. That would probably work though.

beachland - The logic is sound but I guess that you disagree with it. Fair enough.

16 June 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]

a russian labour camp but in the uk rather than russia. No serving time in their own country. Re-offenders to get 40 years.

Catch a few and punish them in this way and word would spread. They would stop.

[/quote]

As someone whose family survived the nice German 'resettlement' system only to enjoy decades of hospitality in the Gulags, I don't think you have the slightest idea what you're talking about. No, genuinely, not even a hint of an idea.

"No serving time in their own country" is a particularly neat touch. Work for the railways, do you?

Perhaps you've had a little too much senna.

16 June 2010

So how come nobody has come up with a way of securing them so this wouldn't happen?, oh' of course government cut backs!

Peter Cavellini.

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