Gedling Borough Council is asking people to stop stealing grit from roadside bins.
There are 221 grit bins around the area, which are supplied and maintained by Nottinghamshire County Council.
However, people have been seen 'helping themselves' to grit and spreading it on their private paths and driveways.
Councillor Michael Payne, Deputy Leader of the Council, said:
"Since the snow fell on Sunday evening, we’ve had several reported cases of people helping themselves from the bins and taking the grit home in their cars.
This isn’t its intended use, it’s theft, and I’d ask that people buy grit for use on their own properties from builders’ merchants or DIY stores rather than stealing it from council grit bins.
"The grit in the on street bins is there for pavements, footpaths and side roads, to help all our residents, particularly elderly and infirm people, to walk safely.
It’s not there for people to steal for their own properties."
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