Metal thieves steal all six grids in one street
RESIDENTS are calling for action to tackle metal thieves.
They have complained about metal grids being stolen from alleyways and general metal objects being pinched from people's backyards on Burslem's Park Estate.
The issue was raised at a meeting between police and residents at Burslem Park on Saturday.
PCSO Hannah Mayer said: "Metal theft can cause some serious issues.
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"Quite a lot of covers have gone missing and all six have been taken in one street.
"We believe around 80 per cent of grids in the area are now blocked up because the covers have been stolen.
"We have also had cases of scrap metal dealers jumping over fences to take items.
"We are now working with the city council to try to fix any problems."
Ward Councillor Joy Garner had toured the streets with police last week to identify the worst-hit areas.
She said: "The thefts usually happen overnight and obviously the back alleys are quite quiet. People will look for anything that is worth a value."
Latest figures show the city council has replaced 487 stolen iron grid covers in just two years at an estimated cost of more than £73,000.