Police warning after the theft of cable from electricity substations
Police in Sheffield are warning people of the dangers surrounding electricity substations, after intruders removed cables from 14 sites across the city during September 2012.
South Yorkshire Police are working closely with Northern Powergrid to identify those responsible for the thefts, and raise awareness of the dangers of entering substations.
People who attack electricity substations are not only breaking the law, they are putting the safety of people, including themselves, at risk. High electricity voltage runs through these substations and there is a real risk of electrocution when entering these sites.
This type of crime can have a major impact on the community, including schools and hospitals, who could be left with no electricity supply if cables are stolen.
Inspector Jason Booth of South Yorkshire Police said: “We want to warn members of the public about the potential dangers, and we would urge the public to stay away from substations. We are working hard to catch those people responsible for the thefts and deal with them robustly."
Nigel Walker, Vulnerable Assets Manager for Northern Powergrid said, ““Theft of metal from our power assets is an utterly foolhardy act that puts at risk the lives of not only the thieves but also the general public. It brings disruption to the community and the damage it can cause may take weeks to repair fully.
“We want everyone to know that metal theft is a mindless crime with dire consequences and Northern Powergrid is working closely with the police to combat the crime and to raise awareness among members of the public.
“We would appeal to the public for their support and ask anyone who sees any suspicious activity close to power lines or substations or who has information about any acts of metal theft or attempted theft to contact South Yorkshire Police or call Northern Powergrid on 0800 375 675.”
Anyone with any information about this type of crime is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If life is at risk or a crime is in progress call 999.