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Warning after roads signs stolen

PUBLISHED: 08:49 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 03 June 2010

Norfolk county council is urging people to take extra care following the theft of road signs in the area including those warning of hazards.

Mainly made of aluminium, they are believed to have been stolen for their scrap value and will cost several thousand pounds to replace.

Norfolk county council is urging people to take extra care following the theft of road signs in the area including those warning of hazards.

Mainly made of aluminium, they are believed to have been stolen for their scrap value and will cost several thousand pounds to replace.

Council spokesman John Birchall said: “We would ask people to take particular care on the B1113 at Bunwell and the B1134 between Tivetshall and New Buckenham because the theft of signs, including chevrons on tight bends, means that drivers will not get the usual warning of hazards ahead. Clearly whoever stole these sights thought their scrap value was worth more than the risk of a serious accident.

“The thefts have been reported to the police and we would urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious on the roads over the last few days to contact the police. The county council will replace the signs as quickly as possible.”

The signs include six large black and white chevrons on the bends south of the Jolly Farmers pub, at Forncett, that were stolen last Thursday night.

The soaring cost of scrap metal due to demand from manufacturers in China, has also seen parish churches, schools, villages halls and other buildings targeted for valuable lead and copper which has caused damage running into millions of pounds nationally.

Any information about the stolen road signs to Norfolk police on 0845 456 4567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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