ALMOST £300,000 of tools and equipment has been stolen from building sites in Derbyshire over the past year.

Figures obtained through a freedom of information request show there were 241 thefts recorded by Derbyshire police between September 1, 2012, and August 31, 2013.

Stealing materials and fuels from building sites is estimated to cost the UK’s construction industry more than £800 million every year.

The Derby Telegraph report. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.