Northern Powergrid, the company which keeps the lights on across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire is appealing, in partnership with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, for local people to come forward with information after a number of substations in the York area were targeted by metal thieves.
Eight substations in the York area have been targeted by the thieves who have stolen earthing equipment. Whilst the thefts, so far, haven’t caused any power cuts, there is the potential that local communities in York could see a disruption to power due to the thefts.
Northern Powergrid has offered a reward of up to £1,000 through its partner Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the culprits.
Ian Holmes, vulnerable assets manager for Northern Powergrid, said: "The thieves targeting our network are reckless and show complete disregard for the danger they are putting themselves in. Metal theft can cause power cuts disrupting local communities and businesses and causes significant damage to our power network.
“We're encouraging anyone who sees any suspicious activity in or around our substations in York to call 105 the emergency power cut number, the police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and charge.”
Dave Hunter, Head of Operations for Crimestoppers, said: “Anyone who has any information about the thefts should contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the knowledge that nobody will know they have contacted us. We won’t judge. We’ll just listen to what you know and pass it on. You’ll remain 100% Anonymous. Always.”