Police warn thieves of cable theft dangers

THIEVES risked their lives to steal almost 2,000m of electric cabling worth thousands of pounds.

The vandals pulled down an isolator from overhead cables at a Normanby-le-Wold field and then removed the cable between about 16 poles – about 1,800m and worth approximately £2,000 in scrap value.

Officers are now warning criminals they risk losing their lives if they continue to take such risks to steal copper.

Insp Simon Outen said: “This is clearly an extremely foolhardy crime and someone could easily have been killed. Others have lost their lives doing the same thing in Lincolnshire in recent history.

“This act could also have knocked out power to thousands of homes if it had been in a more densely populated area.

“This crime would have taken a considerable amount of time and required a fairly large vehicle to transport the copper.”

This incident happened overnight on August 29-30 and is not thought to have caused any disruption to the electricity supply of nearby homes.

Scrap yards are being warned if they receive this type of material and fail to notify the police they will be prosecuted.

Insp Outen said: “We are also warning scrap yards that if they handle these goods we will be extremely robust in ensuring they are prosecuted.

“One of the main factors in the continuing trend of metal theft is the fact that disreputable scrap yards are paying high prices for copper and lead knowing full well it is stolen.”

Police are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

If you have any information on metal theft call Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.