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Look out for drain cover thefts

West Lothian Council is asking local residents to be vigilant after a spate of drain cover thefts.

Around 35 drain covers have been taken from various roads in Livingston in the last two weeks, at a cost to tax payers of around £20,000. 

Anyone who witnesses a drain cover being stolen should contact the police on 999, or if you have information on a previous theft, please call 101. 

Local residents who notice a drain cover is missing in their area should report it online via by emailing with full details or call 01506 280000.

Missing covers also means that an uncovered hole is left on the edge of the road, creating a potential hazard for road users and particularly cyclists and children.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: "We would ask the West Lothian public to watch out for any suspicious activity around drain covers in their area.

"Stealing drain covers is both irresponsible and dangerous, creating a hazard for road users and unnecessary costs for the council, at a time when budgets are already under pressure.

"We are replacing the older drain covers with new anti-theft hinged versions to try and prevent future thefts."

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