Probe launched over missing West Norfolk street signs
Council chiefs have appealed for information after newly-installed street name plates went missing from two West Norfolk villages.
Police are investigating the disappearance of the signs in Castle Rising and Sandringham.
But West Norfolk Council officials say they will now have to replace them over the next few weeks, at the taxpayer's expense.
Richard Blunt, cabinet member for planning and development, said: "People may not be aware it is a criminal offence to tamper with, deface or remove street name plates without the permission of the local authority. If found guilty, culprits would be subject to a fine.
"Street name plates are paramount in assisting the emergency services to locate address quickly and efficiently. In some cases this can be a matter of life and death."
The borough council is legally responsible for ensuring street name plates and property numbering schemes are in place across the borough. These are essential for the efficient running of postal services and vital for emergency services.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.