VANDALS have caused a headache for drivers and workmen alike, after ripping up drain covers and dumping them into the sewers below.
Residents awoke on Tuesday morning to find a trail of destruction through the suburbs of Knowle.
Fifty-two of the metal covers had been pulled up along Longdon Road, Starbold Crescent, Purnells Way and Hillmorton Road.
Following the late-night crime, council workmen were dispatched to fish the grills out of the sewers.
Metal hooks and rope were used to complete the laborious task, which took several hours.
Solihull Council said that the covers had not been stolen, but the uncovered drains could be dangerous for motorists and lethal for cyclists.
A spokesman said: “We can confirm an unusual occurrence involving approximately 52 drain covers in Knowle being lifted and dropped down the drain chambers.”
Locals said that this was the first time that a crime of this type had taken place in the Knowle area.
But in a separate incident last year, thieves made off with 50 gully covers from Catherine de Barnes.
If you know anything about the vandalism, call police on 0845 113 5000.