Bolton-on-Dearne theft highlights cable concerns

POLICE are clamping down on cable culprits in a bid to keep the area safe.

POLICE are clamping down on cable culprits in a bid to keep the borough safe.

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned about cable theft and are highlighting its danger to the community.

Recently in Bolton-on-Dearne, cable was cut from an electricity pole and those involved had taken the earth cable, a low voltage neutral cable and cut the main neutral cable.

This means that the electricity cannot return from houses so it starts to find a current wherever it can, sometimes down water pipes or gas pipes which then become live causing potentially dangers for those in the community.

Sgt Phil Jenkins, of Wombwell Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This incident clearly demonstrates the theft of metal from electricity pylons and substations clearly poses a significant risk to those involved and the general public.

“We are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to this type of crime to contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 20 20 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”