POLICE are investigating a spate of thefts involving manhole covers and other metal items.
The Westminster area of Ellesmere Port has been particularly targeted by thieves, with a variety of items taken in the past few weeks.
Inspector Simon Roberts, of Ellesmere Port and Neston Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “The market price of metal has made these things extremely attractive to thieves and although the value has dropped recently it is still high enough to be tempting to criminals.
“Those responsible are indiscriminate in who they target, with homes, businesses and highways all being recent victims.
“Nor are those responsible afraid of carrying out their crimes in public. The most recent theft happened at around 3.15pm on a residential street.”
The theft of a manhole cover took place in Grace Road on Friday, January 25, when a group of four youths pulled up in a small white hatchback, possibly a Ford Fiesta.
Two stayed with the car while two others removed the manhole and then made off when they were disturbed by a local resident.
Inspector Roberts added: “We appeal to anyone who has information in relation to these criminals or has witnessed any other theft to contact us on 0845 458 6373 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”