Tour de France road signs are stolen

Tour de France in York

Tour de France in York

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TOUR de France fans wanting to follow the route of the Grand Depart through Yorkshire have been left baffled - after the signs were uprooted by thieves.

The iconic metal markers worth up to £300 each were supposed to guide cyclists and motorists along the Grand Depart long after the champions returned to France.

But less than a month after the historic ride in July the way markers are disappearing from the roadside - and appearing on internet auction sites.

Police are now hunting the thieves – whose greed could cost the holiday industry dear in tourism hotspots such as James Herriot country.

North Yorkshire Police said the markers were professionally made - usually on brown and white information boards - and cost between £100 and £300 apiece.

They were designed as permanent tourist information signs so the Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield stages would become part of the Tour de France legacy.

Insp Chris Galley, of Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “North Yorkshire Police have recently been made aware of missing road signs relating to the 2014 Tour de France.

“These signs have been removed from street furniture and worryingly some have been put up for sale using internet selling sites.

“The 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.

“North Yorkshire Police have recovered two signs and remain vigilant to others going missing from around the route in North Yorkshire.”

He appealed for anyone with any information about the specialist signs to contact police.

He added: “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.

“If anyone has found a road sign they can hand them into any Police Station or council office and we will work with North Yorkshire County Council to have these route markers put back in place as a lasting reminder of the event.”

More than 50 of the signs were put up by North Yorkshire County Council and 35 by Bradford Council.

North Yorkshire Council Leader John Weighellsaid: “The Grand Départ is the beginning not the end of our ambition for a great cycling legacy in North Yorkshire.

“These signs are to allow visitors to enjoy the route for years to come.

“They are part of this great opportunity to enhance the region’s reputation as a top rate tourist destination with all the economic and cultural benefits that will bring.”

Insp Galley has tweeted: "Proactive work to recover expensive #TDF2014 road signs. If you have one contact 101 @NYorksPolicebefore we find you."

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10:05am Wed 13 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

How much longer do we have to see all these ridiculous signs and yellow bike that are an eyesore to our countryside around. It's a cycle race and now it's finished ..Get over it and move on with your lives.
How much longer do we have to see all these ridiculous signs and yellow bike that are an eyesore to our countryside around. It's a cycle race and now it's finished ..Get over it and move on with your lives. smudge2
  • Score: -11

11:38am Wed 13 Aug 14

yourkidding says...

saddo
saddo yourkidding
  • Score: 11

12:56pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Proper selfish greedy owt-for-nowt tryna make a quick quid wasters.
I've seen all the stuff available on ebay - tourmaker t-shirts, teabags, stuff from the caravan, free magazines, allsorts.

It's sad that everything no matter what it is just ends up with its intrinsic worth reduced to a few pounds and pence.
Here's another example - when your wedding ring gets stolen and sold to buy smack. The ring is worth hundreds and has a ton of sentimental value but the thief neither knows nor cares about those, he just sells it as quick as he can for whatever, a tenner bag or something. Sad.
Proper selfish greedy owt-for-nowt tryna make a quick quid wasters. I've seen all the stuff available on ebay - tourmaker t-shirts, teabags, stuff from the caravan, free magazines, allsorts. It's sad that everything no matter what it is just ends up with its intrinsic worth reduced to a few pounds and pence. Here's another example - when your wedding ring gets stolen and sold to buy smack. The ring is worth hundreds and has a ton of sentimental value but the thief neither knows nor cares about those, he just sells it as quick as he can for whatever, a tenner bag or something. Sad. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 14

1:14pm Wed 13 Aug 14

yawn.. says...

..conversely the City of York Council would be very pleased if someone would remove all their flags and bunting in support of the event, as having spent all our money on vanity projects and ill conceived initiatives they can no longer afford to pay someone to do so.
..conversely the City of York Council would be very pleased if someone would remove all their flags and bunting in support of the event, as having spent all our money on vanity projects and ill conceived initiatives they can no longer afford to pay someone to do so. yawn..
  • Score: 11

3:03pm Wed 13 Aug 14

BethFoxhunter96 says...

smudge2 wrote:
How much longer do we have to see all these ridiculous signs and yellow bike that are an eyesore to our countryside around. It's a cycle race and now it's finished ..Get over it and move on with your lives.
Oh they are lovely. I love it when cities decorate up for events. It's something British cities and towns do so well. Where I used to live in Italy was so dull and boring, they never did anything like this!
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: How much longer do we have to see all these ridiculous signs and yellow bike that are an eyesore to our countryside around. It's a cycle race and now it's finished ..Get over it and move on with your lives.[/p][/quote]Oh they are lovely. I love it when cities decorate up for events. It's something British cities and towns do so well. Where I used to live in Italy was so dull and boring, they never did anything like this! BethFoxhunter96
  • Score: 3

4:18pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Meirion M says...

I am so glad that the Tour de France signs have at last GONE. History!
When will the silly yellow bike near Sim Balk Lane be in scrap?
Who foolish idea that OUR money was spend on vanity projects?
I am so glad that the Tour de France signs have at last GONE. History! When will the silly yellow bike near Sim Balk Lane be in scrap? Who foolish idea that OUR money was spend on vanity projects? Meirion M
  • Score: -11

4:40pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Mr. Marcus says...

Good riddance!
Good riddance! Mr. Marcus
  • Score: -4

4:47pm Wed 13 Aug 14

eeoodares says...

I do not want to appear rude, but why do people keep referring to the TDF as a vanity project as if the Council had anything to do with it? It was a great success, those that wanted it to fail still seem to want to whine about it.

Move on, it was great if you can not see the positives outweigh the negatives then you have major issues non of which have anything to do with this event!
I do not want to appear rude, but why do people keep referring to the TDF as a vanity project as if the Council had anything to do with it? It was a great success, those that wanted it to fail still seem to want to whine about it. Move on, it was great if you can not see the positives outweigh the negatives then you have major issues non of which have anything to do with this event! eeoodares
  • Score: 15

5:17pm Wed 13 Aug 14

meme says...

the tour de France for York's was a boon and those that cannot see that or appreciate the benefits that could continue to roll from it they are fools in the extreme
the tour de France for York's was a boon and those that cannot see that or appreciate the benefits that could continue to roll from it they are fools in the extreme [even if they hate cycles!] meme
  • Score: 1

6:56pm Wed 13 Aug 14

gwen4me says...

The tour was marvellous, loved the cycle round york, still love the bunting and bikes, if being grouchy makes you happy go ahead, it doesnt work for me!
The tour was marvellous, loved the cycle round york, still love the bunting and bikes, if being grouchy makes you happy go ahead, it doesnt work for me! gwen4me
  • Score: 3

7:09pm Wed 13 Aug 14

non pedalling pete says...

Can someone please start taking the 20mph signs.
How much is scrap metal going for now.
Can someone please start taking the 20mph signs. How much is scrap metal going for now. non pedalling pete
  • Score: 7

7:26pm Wed 13 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

Personally I would never choose to use the A59 towards the West. Far better alternatives.
Personally I would never choose to use the A59 towards the West. Far better alternatives. pedalling paul
  • Score: -3

10:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Martin true Viking says...

Too much fresh air piddling Paul that doesn't even make sense
Too much fresh air piddling Paul that doesn't even make sense Martin true Viking
  • Score: 2

11:24pm Wed 13 Aug 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Theft is theft and I don't condone it but a bit less street clutter isn't a bad thing.
Theft is theft and I don't condone it but a bit less street clutter isn't a bad thing. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 4

2:27am Thu 14 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

eeoodares wrote:
I do not want to appear rude, but why do people keep referring to the TDF as a vanity project as if the Council had anything to do with it? It was a great success, those that wanted it to fail still seem to want to whine about it.

Move on, it was great if you can not see the positives outweigh the negatives then you have major issues non of which have anything to do with this event!
The only reason people keep bleating on about it in a negative way is because it was to do with bikes, and some people simply cannot see beyond the blinkered view of "cyclist = spawn of Satan" no matter what it may be about.

I'm surprised the thiefs haven't gone after the 20mph signs... there's more of those than TdF signs, and a number come with their own pole which could be weighed in.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: I do not want to appear rude, but why do people keep referring to the TDF as a vanity project as if the Council had anything to do with it? It was a great success, those that wanted it to fail still seem to want to whine about it. Move on, it was great if you can not see the positives outweigh the negatives then you have major issues non of which have anything to do with this event![/p][/quote]The only reason people keep bleating on about it in a negative way is because it was to do with bikes, and some people simply cannot see beyond the blinkered view of "cyclist = spawn of Satan" no matter what it may be about. I'm surprised the thiefs haven't gone after the 20mph signs... there's more of those than TdF signs, and a number come with their own pole which could be weighed in. Magicman!
  • Score: 6

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