Road signs commemorating the route of last month’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France through Yorkshire are being stolen by souvenir-hunters, with some ending up for sale on internet auction sites.
North Yorkshire Police says that the metal signs, which are brown like others displaying directions and information for tourists and also have the Yorkshire Grand Départ logo, cost between £100 and £300 each.
They were put in place throughout the region so cyclists and motorists can follow the route the race took on the opening two stages from Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield, reports BBC News York & North Yorkshire.
One officer, Chris Galley, tweeted a picture of two of the signs.
— Chris Galley (@NYP333) August 9, 2014
Inspector Chris Galley of North Yorkshire Police said: "These signs have been removed from street furniture and worryingly some have been put up for sale using internet selling sites.
"These expensive signs are the property of North Yorkshire County Council and provide a lasting legacy marker of the route which should be for all road users to enjoy for years to come.
"If anyone has any information about specialist signs relating to the Tour de France they can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass that information on in confidence.”
He continued: "We will investigate all reports of theft but North Yorkshire Police is currently taking a sensible approach to what may be over zealous trophy taking from around the route."
Inspector Galley added that police would work alongside North Yorkshire County Council to make sure the signs are restored, and that anyone coming across one can hand it in to council offices or any police station.
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