in Hereford are appealing for information after thieves
broke into a Hereford refuse depot and stole batteries from
most of the dustcarts. The incident occurred overnight (Thursday
3rd/Friday 4th) when thieves entered Herefordshire Council
Grafton site and removed some 44 24v batteries from the
refuse trucks (two per vehicle), each battery being valued
at around £100 (total £4,400).
believe the batteries were removed on foot from the premises
and loaded onto a waiting vehicle. They would like to hear
from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area
during the evening/night. The thefts have had a debilitating
effect on refuse collection in Hereford today, with the
Council aiming to replace batteries as quickly as possible
allowing crews to collect today's refuse as soon as possible.
Council say that Fosca
have now replaced the batteries and all crews have now gone
out and will be working late today to collect as much recycling
and refuse as they can.
Wood, Herefordshire Council's head of waste management,
said: 'Residents are requested to leave their recycling
and refuse out for the rest of today and crews will make
every effort to collect even though this may be at a later
time than normal, or even tomorrow (Saturday). If the recycling
or refuse is not collected by Saturday, residents are asked
to please take it back in and put it out on the next due
theft has been reported to police who are investigating.
Residents are reminded they can get a free text message
service to remind them when their recycling collection day
is. Anyone who registers for this service will receive a
free text reminder at 6pm the evening prior to their recycling
collection. To use this service simply text "hcrecycle",
your postcode and first line of your address to 80800.
with information on the thefts is urged to contact PC Yvonne
Mason at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. .