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Thieves steal two tonne grit bin

Grit bin (generic)
The grit bin and its two-tonne load were valued at about 300

Thieves are suspected to have used a large vehicle and lifting gear to steal a grit bin with two tonnes of salt from a road in East Renfrewshire.

The bright-yellow fibreglass bin and its load, worth £300, were removed from the junction of Capelrig and Crookfur Road, Newton Mearns, on Thursday.

The grit was intended for use on local streets and footpaths.

Police said the theft had put people in danger and appealed for witnesses to contact them.

'Scarce contents'

Ch Insp Kenny Graham, of Strathclyde Police, said: "We want to hear from anyone with information on a theft which has put people at danger at a time when the council is doing its best to help.

"It is unacceptable to steal any item of street furniture and it is particularly unacceptable to steal a grit bin and its contents at this time."

East Renfrewshire Council's head of roads, Joe Devine, said he was "amazed and angry that someone would actually steal a grit bin".

"Whoever did it must have brought along lifting gear and a suitable vehicle to remove it and if anyone saw the theft taking place, we're asking them to come forward with information," he said.

"Passers-by seeing a vehicle may have thought that the council was removing the bin, but it wasn't us. The fact is that the bin and its scarce contents have been stolen."



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