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03/12/12: MP joins Electricity North West in metal theft crackdown

A Blackpool MP has joined Electricity North West’s tireless fight to crackdown on the increasing problem of metal theft in the region. Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard with area manager for Electricity North West, Lee Maxwell

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard recently hit out at metal thieves and the damage they cause and welcomes Electricity North West’s bid to put a stop to the costly crime.

The company, that owns and operates the regional power network, has dealt with nearly 600 incidents of metal theft across the North West, with half of those in Lancashire.

Lee Maxwell, Lancashire area manager for Electricity North West, said: “Metal theft is a very serious crime that not only affects us, your network operator, but also communities and residents, who could be left without power in their homes.

“These thieves, who are breaking into our substations or stealing from our overhead lines, are putting themselves and others in great danger and it causes thousands of pounds worth of damage.

“We’re delighted that Paul Maynard also realises the severity of this crime and we are looking forward to working alongside him and his constituents in the future.”

Electricity North West receives around three reports of metal theft a day across the region and is putting more resources than ever into tackling the problem. This includes working very closely with the police on raising awareness in hotspot areas, and supporting ENA’s campaign to change legislation through the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill which aims to cut off the market for stolen metal.

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP, Paul Maynard, said: “Metal theft is not a victimless crime, it is a very serious crime which affects businesses and residents who have to deal with the consequences.

“I welcome Electricity North West’s commitment to cracking down on metal theft and I look forward to supporting their endeavours in the future.”

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