Electricity poles cut down in theft

Published Tuesday, 18 February 2014
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Police have warned that cutting down electricity poles represents a serious threat to both thieves intent on stealing cables and innocent passers-by, following such an incident in Newtownabbey.

Electricity poles cut down in theft
Police are investigating the theft of overhead electricity cables. (© Pacemaker)

A number of the poles were cut down in the Antrim Road area in the early hours of Tuesday.

Around 1,400 metres of overhead conductor was taken by an unknown number of people, sometime between 12.30am and 1.30am - leaving some homes without power.

"In committing these offences, not only have people broken the law, but their actions have impacted on local households who have had to cope without electricity until repairs were completed," Newtownabbey Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Alan McKeown said.

"There is a strong risk of serious injury to those responsible for cutting down the poles, and this extends also to passers-by and livestock."

Police are appealing for information about the theft and officers have urged witnesses to contact them on 0845 600 8000, or to pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

© UTV News
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