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10/10/13: Metal theft causes major power cut in Radcliffe

Thieves caused havoc at the weekend after they stole more than 40 metres of electricity cable leaving 2,000 properties without power in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.

The offenders stole the copper cable from Mount Sion Road at around 3:15am on Saturday (5th October). Engineers from Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the region’s electricity network, arrived on site and restored power by 4:53am. Engineers then worked throughout the weekend repairing the damage caused by the vandals.

Mark Williamson, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “Not only is this an incredibly dangerous crime and thieves are putting their lives at risk, but it also impacts on residents.

“We are working with Greater Manchester Police to investigate the incident, but if anyone has any information which could help find the offenders then please do get in touch. It is important that we all work together to put a stop to these crimes.”

If you have any information on this incident or if you notice any suspicious activity please contact Electricity North West immediately on 0800 195 4141.

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