A number of metal gates in a small Berkshire village have been stolen overnight as thieves cash in on high scrap metal prices.

It is estimated that the cost of replacing the wrought iron gates on two streets in Thatcham could cost as much as £600, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Many of the metal gates had been custom made, leaving many people unable to afford to replace them.

One resident, 53-year-old Angela Bint, told the paper that many local residents are feeling especially vulnerable at the moment.

"There are a lot of pensioners on the estate who can't afford to buy a new set of garden gates. My dad George who lives along the road had his stolen too," she commented.

Gloucestershire Police recently held a day of action on metal theft, during which they arrested three people, stopped around 40 cars and visited 24 dealers in scrap metal.

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