A WOULD-BE thief is in intensive care after suffering a serious electrical shock when he allegedly tried to steal metal from a Rotherham electricity substation.
The 21-year-old man was found by police with serious burns to his head, chest and arms after coming into contact with wiring at the compound at the substation in Green Lane, Thurcroft, on Saturday.
It is believed that he was exposed to as much as 66,000 volts.
He is being treated at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, where his condition is described as serious but stable.
Rotherham police said that a gate into the compound had been forced open and metal piping had been removed from the substation.
They are warning of the dangers of trespassing at electricity substations.