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09/01/14: Manchester metal thief sentenced

A man who stole metal from an electricity substation and caused the loss of power to more than a hundred Levenshulme residents was sentenced last week. Mark Williamson, area manager for Electricity North West

The thief, who caused £6,000 worth of damage by stealing low voltage fuses from the substation, has received a 12 month supervision order and a six month suspended sentence after appearing at Manchester Crown Court.

The incident, which took place in May last year, caused the loss of power to 149 customers for nearly two hours as engineers repaired the damage and restored supplies.

Mark Williamson, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “Thanks to the successful partnership between Electricity North West staff and Greater Manchester Police this man was caught and brought to justice.

“Not only is this an incredibly dangerous crime, it also has an impact on the power supplies of residents and businesses.

“It’s important that we all work together to put a stop to these crimes against our communities and we are asking people to be vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Electricity North West’s emergency 24-hour number on 0800 195 4141.

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