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Cable crooks caution


10:36am 14th August 2011
(Updated 10:43am 14th August 2011)

Selby police continue their purge on metal theft with the arrest of two West Yorkshire men on suspicion of stealing overhead power cables.

Yesterday afternoon (Friday 12 August 2011), the men, who are aged 21 and 34 and from the Castleford area, were arrested after six rolls of copper cabling were found hidden on Ouston Lane off the side of the A64 near Tadcaster. A further roll of rubber coated cable was found nearby.

Earlier in the day, police received reports that nine, 50-meter lengths of overhead power cables worth around £6,500 had been cut from power lines near the villages of Sutton and Bolton Percy in the Tadcaster area.

Inspector Richard Abbott of Selby’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“We will target metal theft at every opportunity. Not only does it cost power companies millions of pounds, but the thieves are putting their lives in extreme danger with this practice.

“Thieves often leave the cable they have stolen hidden in remote locations with the intention of picking it up later.

“I urge members of the public to keep a watchful eye out for any abandoned itmes and anyone they see acting suspiciously. 

“Police will continue to work with colleagues in the power supply services to crack down on this type of very dangerous and costly crime.”

To report any information, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247. Or you can give information anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The two men have been released on bail while enquiries continue.

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