A stark warning has been issued to ‘stupid’ thieves who stole metal from a sub station in Leyland.
The station on the corner of Kentmere Avenue and Wheelton Lane was targeted by yobs who defied commonsense and risked 33,000 volts of electricity to steal a copper busbar, worth a couple of hundred pounds.
Bosses at Electricity North West, who run the station, have warned thieves they could have died.
Mark Williamson, Electricity North West’s engineering services manager, said: “Clearly this is an incredibly stupid thing to do and goes to show how desperate some people are.
“There are 33,000 volts of electricity flowing through this substation which could kill instantly.”
The busbar is a strip of copper that conducts electricity.
As well as interior damage, the electricity box was also badly damaged on the outside.
Mr Williamson said: “We are working closely with the police to catch those responsible.
“Thankfully no one lost power due to this theft but I can reassure customers that we are doing all we can, including investing an additional £1m in security in our network this year, to protect our infrastructure for customers.
“If anyone has any information on this theft, or sees anything suspicious around any of our substations, then I urge them to contact the police as soon as possible.”
The incident happened on December 12, and was followed by a similar incident on Friday, December 16, at a sub station on Holme Road in Penwortham. Police say they are carrying out investigations and would urge anyone with information to come forward.
Sgt Michael Porter of Leyland Police said: “This was an extremely dangerous thing to do and could have easily resulted in serious injury or even death.
“We take this kind of incident very seriously and would encourage anyone with information to get in touch with us by calling 101, or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”