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Copper theft in Selby

Copper theft in Selby

3:10pm 15th September 2010

Two more arrests in Selby regarding copper theft.

A 26 year old man from Castleford and a teenage boy from Knottingley were arrested yesterday. (Tuesday 14th September 2010)

A member of the public alerted police after they saw them acting suspiciously near the railway bridge between Fairburn and Airedale.

They now both been released on bail as enquiries continue.

Meanwhile, police in the Selby also believe two similar incidents have happened in the district this week.

They say the Gascoigne Wood Mine has been targetted along with a site in Carlton.

Inspector Chris Witty, of Selby Police, said:

"Around 3,000 metres of cable has been stolen in the Selby area, the cost of replacement and repair runs into tens of thousands of pounds. Although the financial aspect is a problem, the risk to members of the public is of great concern to us.

"As well as overhead cables, thieves have stolen wire leading to homes leaving dangerous wires exposed. We urge people to be vigilant and don't go near any cut cables or those hanging down from overhead lines. It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or worse.

"Parents should educate their children about dangers of exposed cables, in particular those who walk to school in rural areas. We urge members of the public to report any suspicious activity or vehicles to the police."

Anyone who has any information regarding the theft of copper in Selby District is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7.

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