Madness of the metal thieves

Sub station on Kentmere Avenue, Farington
Sub station on Kentmere Avenue, Farington
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Metal thieves risked death by dodging 30,000 volts of electricity to steal from NINE substations in just 10 days.

Stations across Leyland and South Ribble were targeted in a wave of crime, where copper worth more than £10,000 was taken.

Bosses at Electricity North West, who run the stations, have warned thieves they could have died.

In one incident, a substation on Stanifield Lane was hit, which caused a power outage at the nearby Farington Waste Technology Park for a number of hours. Thieves also climbed a 2m high pole to steal copper earthing.

And in others, padlocks have been broken off the stations to leave them open for any member of the public to touch live equipment.

- For the full story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian

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