Long Stratton Parish Council encourages drivers affected by screws in road to report incidents to police

Screws have been found at road junctions in Long Stratton. ANL-150827-121311001
Screws have been found at road junctions in Long Stratton. ANL-150827-121311001
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Police have reiterated to Long Stratton motorists to be vigilant with screws still being found in the village’s roads.

The Diss Express reported in August how residents had been going out at night to clear hundreds and thousands of screws from the roads.

Screws have been found at road junctions in Long Stratton. ANL-150827-121321001

Screws have been found at road junctions in Long Stratton. ANL-150827-121321001

A number of drivers had reported punctures, and screws had been found in Manor Road and Flowerpot Lane, and on the A140 at the junction of St Michael’s Road and Swan Lane.

Police initially warned drivers to be vigilant, before confirming they were investigating further such incidents following their initial appeal.

But despite their pleas, motorists are still complaining of punctures on social media.

A spokesperson for Long Stratton Parish Council said only eight incidents of criminal damage were recorded in the parish for September — and urged any motorists who had been affected to contact police on 101.

“Everyone knows someone here who has had a tyre burst,” they said. “It is hard for us to understand the scale of the problem if people are not reporting them to the police.

“We have no powers in terms of policing the situation, but we are working with the police, and anything they are advising us to do, such as maintaining the street lights, is on our remit.”

Norfolk County Councillor Alison Thomas said her son had been affected in a similiar incident in the village two weeks ago, tweeting: “We had two in the same wheel on son’s car unaware, a problem existed until the garage fixing it told us!”

A spokesperson for Norfolk Police told the Diss Express this week: “Police continue to investigate incidents of screws being placed in the roads in the Long Stratton area.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact officers at Long Stratton Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“We would also urge drivers to be vigilant at this time and to contact police if they see anyone acting suspiciously in the area.”

n Have you been affected by these incidents? Have you been going out at night and cleaning up the village roads? We would like to hear from you — email editorial@dissexpress.co.uk