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01/06/12: Lancashire residents urged to watch out for metal thieves

Lancashire residents are being urged to be vigilant following a metal theft incident where 1.5km of electricity cable was stolen from the Roughlee area.

Electricity North West, the company which operates the region’s electricity network, is working around the clock to restore power to the small number of homes affected by the theft which took place on Thursday night (31 May).

The region’s electricity network operator is working closely with the police and is appealing for residents to contact them if they see anyone acting suspiciously or if their power unexpectedly goes out.

Jane Fleetwood, response manager for Electricity North West, said: “Metal theft is a huge issue for the electricity network, particularly in rural areas where thieves often strike due to the smaller number of homes that may alert us.

“Not only is this an incredibly dangerous crime, this latest incident has caused damage to a large section of the electricity network and has impacted residents’ power supplies.

“Our quick response team are working tirelessly to repair the damage caused last night, and have provided residents with generators to give them power until the repair is finished.

“It is important that we all work together to put a stop to these crimes. We are asking people to be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately.”

Anyone with information should call Electricity North West’s emergency 24-hour number on 0800 195 4141.

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