Hunt for electricity transformers thieves

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Police are still hunting thieves who stole thousands of pounds worth of electrical equipment, causing powercuts and endangering lives.

The reckless thieves risked their lives to steal the pole mounted electricity transformers, each carrying 11,000 volts and weighing around 500kg, leaving nearby homes without power, in Thorne, Luddington, Westwoodside and Sandtoft.

The repair bill will run into tens of thousands of pounds.

Northern Powergrid and Humberside Police are appealing to residents to remain vigilant after a total of seven identical thefts in the Brigg, Scunthorpe and Doncaster areas, close to the M180 and M18 motorways.

The incidents took place between 1am on Monday June 3 and 3am on Monday June 10. Northern Powergrid’s Vulnerable Assets Manager, Nigel Walker, said: “These high voltage transformers are heavy and supported high off the ground on wooden poles, so to remove them is a significant task. The criminals responsible will probably have used ladders or a hoist vehicle to reach each transformer and would have required specialist knowledge to remove it safely without electrocuting themselves. They would have been highly visible, so we ask anyone, particularly in the farming community, who saw anything suspicious to contact us or the police.

“It’s not just the cost of the repairs that concerns us. Our customers lose their electricity supplies as a result, and it endangers the lives of innocent people who might accidentally stumble across the damage left behind. Contact the police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where a £1,000 reward is offered for information leading to a conviction.”