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10/06/13: Operation targets power thieves in Morecambe

Business owners and residents in Morecambe were targeted during a late night raid by the region’s power network operator and Lancashire police.

The successful multi-agency operation, which took place on Thursday night (7th June), inspected nine properties, of which six had evidence of electricity meters being tampered with to avoid paying bills.

Four takeaways were disconnected by officers from Electricity North West for tampering with their electricity supply, and meters at two domestic properties were made safe.

Karen Ainsworth, revenue protection manager for Electricity North West, said: “During a multi-agency operation, our Revenue Protection Unit discovered six properties in Morecambe which had irregularities with their electricity, of which four were disconnected.

“Our tireless commitment to crack down on this crime should act as a warning to other businesses and residents who have tampered with their electricity supply.

“We take meter tampering very seriously and electricity abstraction is a criminal offence and puts the safety of people and property 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.”

Sergeant Dave Forshaw said: “After a request for our help targeting premises that were believed to have tampered with their electricity meters, we accompanied Electricity North West, Lancaster City Council and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to several premises in the Morecambe area.

“Most of those visited were found to have problems with the meters and were disconnected. This is just one example of our working collaboratively with other agencies to tackle criminality. Further operations of this type will follow in the future.”

If anyone has any information on illegal connections they can contact Electricity North West’s Revenue Protection Unit in confidence on 01772 848 229 or via our website at

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