Huge increase in theft of power cables in West Lindsey and Wolds area


An increase in theft of overhead power cables in West Lindsey and Wolds area has to led calls from the police for public help.

There have been a total of 23 incidents in the area where power cable installations have been subject to thefts of copper cabling.

These began in October 2013 on the Wolds sector. However, over the last six weeks there has been a marked increase in offences within West Lindsey.

Officers are asking the public to be on the lookout for any information that may lead to identifying offenders or may help assist in preventing the crimes.

The consequences of this emerging crime type have included: Loss of power to more than 2,000 customers, 7,000 metres of copper conductor stolen and £110k in repair costs,

These 11,000 volt overhead cable thefts appear to be becoming the most targeted asset to date, although the domestic household supply was also subject of similar thefts prior to March this year.

Recent incidents include locations at North Willingham, Limber, Owmby-by-Spital and Audleby Top. Offences have also taken place on the Wolds sector including Ludford and Theddlethorpe.

Sgt Clive Farmer, of the Market Rasen Local Policing Team, said trends suggest that the early hours between midnight and 5am of Wednesday and Friday mornings seem to be appearing as a crime pattern.

He added: “We are working hard to try and identify a crime pattern in respect of thefts of copper cables.

“It is an issue that may seem to people to not have a direct effect on them but the knock-on consequences, such of loss of power and cost to the economy, really do impact on the public.

“We are working closely with Northern Powergrid to establish crime patterns and to raise the profile of the significance of these thefts & to highlight risk of electrocution to public safety.

“We are asking the public to report sightings of any suspicious activity around power installations/loss of electricity and we will work closely with neighbouring forces and Northern Powergrid to identify any suspects and develop intelligence through use of overt and covert resources.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting Op Brompton.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.