IN A mystery that would have stumped even the likes of Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, hundreds of apparently worthless road signs have been disappearing from highways in the south-west of England.
The Highways Agency first noticed that signs were missing last week. 'More than 150 have been taken - mostly, but not all, from roadworks along the A30 and A38, ' said a spokesman.
But who has taken them, and what for is the question now being asked by Devon & Cornwall Police.
'The thieves seem to be driving along, stopping to take the signs and then driving on.
More went on Thursday, Friday and the weekend, ' the spokesman said. 'We suspect the gang will have moved on now.' The signs were taken from roadworks between Exeter and Penzance. Devon & Cornwall Police suspect that the thieves are selling the signs for scrap.
Earlier last month a total of 15 40mph road signs were stolen from a locked store on the A38.
'They are made of aluminium, and the estimated value is £500, ' said a police spokesman The value of the signs stolen in this latest crime spree is thought to be much less, as the signs are not made from pure aluminium. If you have any information that might help police, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.