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Police ask people to call 999 if they see anyone "working on powerlines" without uniform after cable thefts

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Police asks people to call 999 if they see anyone "working on powerlines" without uniform after cable thefts

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Police are increasingly concerned about highly-dangerous cable thefts in and around Ivybridge and south Dartmoor.

Live National Grid power cables and other parts of the infrastructure are being cut from pylons with angle grinders, leaving extremely dangerous high-voltage ends behind.

Police are currently investigating a total of six incidents.

The spate of thefts started in mid-December, with incidents in Plympton, Harscombe, Ivybridge and twice in the Lee Moor area.

Photos attached of cut cable end at Sherford - credit Devon and Cornwall Police 

The most recent incident took place on Monday, 2 January, off the A38 at Sherford where offenders stole 70 metres of copper cable.

Sector Inspector Steven Philp said: “Live power cables present an exceptional risk not only to the perpetrators of these crimes, but also innocent members of the public.

“We strongly request that members of the community do not approach any damaged or suspicious looking electrical equipment but to report immediately to the police.

“The staff from the National Grid will always be wearing full uniform, carrying ID and be driving a marked vehicle.

“We encourage that any suspicious activity involving the power grid is reported to the police.

“If you witness individuals working on the power lines without the appropriate uniform, please call 999.”

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

 

 

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