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25/02/13: Joint operation cracks down on electricity tampering in Blackpool

Business owners in Blackpool had their electricity switched off during a crackdown operation by the region’s power operator and environmental health officers.

The joint operation was organised following a similar successful multi-agency operation in Blackpool earlier this month when nine out of ten businesses inspected were disconnected for tampering with their electricity supply.

On Thursday (21st February) sixteen properties were investigated by officers from Electricity North West and Blackpool Council of which nine had evidence of meters being tampered with.

Eight of the nine offending venues had their electricity switched off by Electricity North West.

Karen Ainsworth, revenue protection manager for Electricity North West, said: “The joint operation was a huge success and it should act as a warning to other businesses and residents who have tampered with their electricity.

“We take meter tampering very seriously and electricity abstraction is a criminal offence and puts the safety of tenants, businesses and the general public at great risk.

“We will continue to crack down on local businesses as it is unacceptable that honest bill-paying residents across the North West are effectively having to pay for others to have free electricity.”

Councillor Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing and public protection at Blackpool Council, added: "This operation sends a strong message to businesses throughout the area - electricity meter tampering and electricity theft will not be tolerated.

"This is a serious offence which can be dangerous and puts the public at risk.

"We will continue to work with Electricity North West to stamp out this problem in Blackpool."

Anyone with information on illegal connections can contact Electricity North West’s Revenue Protection Unit on (01772) 848 229 or via the website at www.enwl.co.uk/safety-and-incident-reporting.

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