Benefits Street: James Turner street sign snatched

Residents think the thieves may attempt to sell the street marker on the internet

A street sign for the area made infamous in the Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street has been stolen.

Thieves are thought to have taken the sign in the early hours of Wednesday morning, leaving behind only a bare metal stand, which is nailed to the wall outside the Oasis Foundry Academy School, in Birmingham.

There were suggestions that the sign was stolen by souvenir hunters, who could try and flog it on the internet.

West Midlands Police said they had not received any reports of the theft.

Ray Bennett, who has been a lollipop man on James Turner Street for nine years, told the Mirror: "I can't believe the sign has gone.

"I got here this morning at about 8am and the sign wasn't there. I reckon maybe someone took it just to say they had it, you know for the glory of it.

"You cannot believe how many people stop here to have their picture taken with it.

"It is just continuous. It could have been the council I suppose who took it to stop people coming here.

"It would be tough to get off as it is riveted on."

Another resident added: "It was only a matter of time before the street sign was nicked. It's been seen around the world so will probably go for a few quid on eBay.

"Residents around here are worried their door numbers might be ripped off by souvenir hunters.

"I met one girl who travelled all the way down from Scotland to have her picture taken by the sign and meet White Dee and other residents.

"It's a huge show and has generated a lot of fans. Since the show aired the number of taxis bringing tourists down the street has gone through the roof.

"I wasn't ever featured in the show because I didn't want the fame but some of the residents like White Dee are considered celebrities now.

"It's crazy how the show has changed people's lives."

Earlier this week, Channel 4 confirmed that Benefits Street will return for a second series, but will be filmed in a new location.

The controversial documentary has been a ratings hit, but has been criticised for its portrayal of those dependent on welfare.

Some of the show's residents said they were misrepresented in the series.

Channel 4 has denied these claims, telling BBC Newsnight they were "very clear and transparent with everyone on the street about what the nature of the programme was, why we were there, and what the end product was".

Read more: Benefits Street producers to make new show Famous, Rich and Hungry
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Harry Redknapp. Mark Hughes and Ryan Shawcross
footballNews and updates as Queens Park Rangers host the Potters
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
New Articles
i100... with this review
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
New Articles
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Cover Supervisor

£75 - £90 per day + negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Are you a cover supe...

Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam