Northern Powergrid and independent charity Crimestoppers have renewed their partnership helping to protect the electricity power network from metal thieves.
The electricity distributor, which serves the North East, Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire, has worked with the crime fighting charity since 2011 raising public awareness of the risk to public safety and the disruption caused to power supplies by deliberate criminal damage.
The renewed partnership will continue raising awareness of the impact and consequences of metal theft and promote community vigilance in efforts to report suspicious activity near electricity network property.
In West Yorkshire alone, there have been more than 50 attacks by thieves on the electricity overhead line network in recent weeks with thousands of homes and businesses losing power and cut cables left hanging close to public highways.
Northern Powergrid’s Field Operations Director Nick Gill said: “We have formed a close working relationship with Crimestoppers and are pleased to be renewing our partnership. Metal thieves do not care about the lives of the innocent people they put at risk or the disruption they cause when they interfere with power supplies. Together with Crimestoppers, we urge the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity they see around the electricity network.”
Crimestoppers’ Director of Development, Rodger Holden said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce the continued partnership between Crimestoppers and Northern Powergrid. Crimes that affect them also affect the public including metal theft which causes power cuts affecting thousands of communities each year. Metal theft causes significant disruption for many as well as putting those involved at considerable physical risk. We look forward to continuing our support to Northern Powergrid in raising awareness of this crime and its dangers as well as encouraging the communities to speak up about metal theft anonymously via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.”
Anyone who sees suspicious activity can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. A £1000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.