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The mystery of the missing name plates

a view of a street sign in castle rising

Published: Friday, 6th July 2018

Recently-installed street name plates in Castle Rising and Sandringham have gone missing and the council is seeking information from anyone who might have seen who removed them.

The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk has a statutory obligation to ensure that street name plates and property numbering schemes are in place across the borough. These are essential for the efficient running of postal services and vital for emergency services.

The disappearance of these name plates has been reported to the police.

Cllr Richard Blunt, cabinet member for Development at the borough council, said: "People may not be aware that it is a criminal offence to tamper with, deface or remove street name plates without the permission of the local authority. If found guilty, culprits would be subject to a fine."

He added: "Street name plates are paramount in assisting the emergency services to locate an address quickly and efficiently. In some cases this can be a matter of life and death."

Replacement of the street name plates will take place in the next few weeks at a cost to the council and therefore also to council tax payers. Anyone who might have information about these signs is urged to contact the police on their 101 number.

a view of a road junction in castle rising with a street name sign visible

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