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Police appeal for witnesses after a spate of cable thefts

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Police appeal for witnesses after a spate of cable thefts

Police are appealing for witnesses after a spate of highly-dangerous electric cable thefts across south Dartmoor.

Offenders used an angle grinder to cut down live electricity cables, leaving loose live ends behind, five times in the last week.

One incident took place at Harscombe, near Bickleigh, and was reported by a National Grid employee on Tuesday, 13 December.

Offenders also struck in Plympton area between midnight and 3.20pm on Sunday 11 December, twice at Lee Moor between 10am and 11am and 1pm and 2pm on Monday 12 December - and at Cornwood, near Ivybridge, at about 2.45pm on Thursday 15 December.

Sector Inspector Steven Philp said: “This process is extremely dangerous and ultimately leaves live cables lying on the ground, posing significant risk to members of the public, and indeed the offenders themselves.

“The level of risk this offending presents is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Officers will be focusing intently on pursuing suspects and preventing further incidents.

“I would ask the public to be extra vigilant near power lines should anyone see cable lying on the ground, and to report any suspicious activity immediately.

“Anyone working on a power line will be wearing clearly identifiable National Grid uniform and driving a fully marked vehicle.”

If you have any information that could help with enquiries, please contact police via our website here or by calling 101, quoting reference number 50220058345.

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Cable Theft
I read on the police site that the cable being stolen is high voltage not communication cable as shown. This has a high copper content and would be sold for scrap.
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