In the last three days, thieves have stolen 16 gully covers from Thurrock’s roads creating, dangerous conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and road users.
Portfolio Holder for highways, Cllr Brian Little said: “On or around the 7 February five covers were stolen along with nine more being taken two days later and two more today (Friday 9 February).
“This reckless behaviour is putting the safety of road-users at risk and is completely unacceptable.”
16 known covers have been stolen although more could have been taken which are yet to be discovered.
Areas affected include: Stifford Clays, South Ockendon, Orsett and East Tilbury.
Cllr Little added: “We are requesting Thurrock residents stay vigilant and let us know if you see any others missing.
“This theft will obviously have a financial impact.
“We have made the ones we are aware of safe – and are in contact with Essex Police.”
To report a missing cover– or any other highways defect, please visit: thurrock.gov.uk/report