East Sussex County Council have responded angrily after hearing the news that five manhole covers were stolen from Possingworth Lane.
More than 50 were stolen across the county, along with gulley grates.
Roger Williams, County’s head of highways, said: “Not only do these thefts hit our budgets and our taxpayers, they put lives at risk by damaging roads.
“So far this winter, more than £25,000-worth of manhole covers and gully grates have been stolen from our roads.
“The exposed chamber holes left when a grate is stolen are up to a metre deep and this could cause serious accidents if a walker or cyclist fell into them.
“They could also make motorists lose control of a car or motorcycle.
“We assume the stolen grates will be sold as scrap metal and we’re working with Sussex Police and asking scrap metal dealers to report anyone attempting to sell the grates.”
To report a missing grate or anyone acting suspiciously call 0845 60 80 193.