In the early hours of 10th April two road signs were stolen from the top of the Old Ferry slipway at Beachley, Chepstow.
“We know the dark hatchback turned up at the slipway at 05:19 am. Our infra-red CCTV surveillance system clearly shows the two men pulling the signs from their mounting,” said Mervyn Fleming, Chairman of Beachley Lifeboat and Rescue Station. “Gloucestershire police have been given a description of the vehicle and occupants but unfortunately there will be a delay while we send the tape off for enhancement before the car’s number-plate can be clearly read… unfortunately for the thieves, the signs are made from plastic composite and worth absolutely nothing as scrap: there is a sticker on the back of each sign explaining this. The men had a torch so they should have read the stickers and saved everyone a lot of trouble”
The two road signs warned motorists on Beachley road that they were approaching a harbour side with a dangerous drop onto the beach.
It is hoped that the Forest of Dean Highways Department will replace the signs as a matter of urgency.
“Over the years several vehicles have overshot the roadway and plunged into the swift-flowing estuary,” said Mr Fleming, “only last year the lifeboat was launched to the rescue of a driver trapped in a car which was swept away by the tide.
These signs are of particular importance to visitors and tourists who are unfamiliar with the road… lives could be lost through this act of vandalism.”