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Extra security called in at Wiltshire gritting depots

A gritting company in Wiltshire says it has been forced to bring in security guards after six of its depots were targeted by thieves.

Grittit says it has lost enough salt and aggregate to cover more than 150 miles (241km) of B roads.

A company spokesman said the thefts were both understandable and disgraceful.

"It's understandable because the country is in a crisis, but depressing people will stoop to this," he said.

"Some may be taking our grit thinking 'By spreading it on the footpath on the road outside my property I'm making it safer, [that I'm] doing the council's job'."

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