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Innocent Lives Put At Risk By Cable Thieves

Wednesday January 29 2014


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INNOCENT lives are being put at serious risk by thieves targeting overhead power lines, the electricity board has said.

Thieves have made off with 1.1km of overhead cable in South Hiendley and Cawthorne in the last few weeks - leaving 223 properties without electricity.

Electric distributor Northern Powergrid has teamed up with the police and is appealing to anyone who may have seen suspicious activity to come forward.

Mick Hickling, Head of Network Repairs at Northern Powergrid, said: "Thieves are showing complete disregard for people's safety to steal cable with relatively little financial value.

"The cost of the repair isn't our primary concern, it’s the significant risk to public life that worries us most of all.

"Our power lines are over public land and cross footpaths and roads, so the potential danger to safety is significant."

If you have any information you're urged to contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"One phone call could save someone's life," Mick added.

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Reply Posted by Justice on Wednesday January 29 2014 at 12:29
I can't think of a more dangerous act. There's some nutters around, that's for sure!

Reply Posted by tony on Wednesday January 29 2014 at 16:22
druggies will risk anything for 10-15 pound so the answer is do what they have done in holland and start giving free drugs to users and the crime will fall dramatically holland is now practically theft free.

Reply Posted by ava on Thursday January 30 2014 at 22:13
Then end up with more smackheads :/ not so clever Tony. Try looking at pros and cons

Reply Posted by concerned on Saturday February 1 2014 at 13:05
I agree, make drugs available to prolific reoffending drug abusers, accept the fact that theyre going to keep doing it but at least lift the burden from the innocent victims of the crimes they commit to fund their habit.

Reply Posted by Chris on Saturday February 1 2014 at 13:10
You will find they are worth more than £15 they have a copper core so am told and are worth more like £200/£300