And finally… hole lot of trouble

And finally... hole lot of trouble

The death penalty can be handed down for the theft or destruction of manhole covers, Chinese judges have been told.

A statement from the country’s top legal and judicial bodies reminds judges that suspects can be charged with “endangering transportation” or “endangering public safety”, which have a maximum penalty of death.

Chinese authorities take the view that the theft of manhole covers “is sufficient to overturn/destroy a car or tram”, the BBC reports.

A senior official in the Chinese prosecution service said: “Manhole covers are often ignored, but they very much relate to people’s lives, personal safety and property security.

“Stealing or destroying a manhole cover cannot be just identified as committing crimes of theft or destroying property. Instead, the offenders should be given harsher punishment.”

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