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Copper thieves strike again in Mid Ulster

Archive picture of NIE worker repairing power lines

Handout photo issued by Northern Ireland Electricity of NIE crews making emergency repairs to the electricity network after fierce snow storms in Northern Ireland disrupted services. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 23, 2013. Electricity poles collapsed and lines sagged in blizzard conditions while water in some remote areas dried up because powered pumps stopped working. Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has been working flat out to restore supplies but 29,000 homes are still waiting and it could be days before they are all reconnected. Water stopped running to around 1,000 properties in south Antrim and parts of County Down. See PA story WEATHER Cold Ulster. Photo credit should read: Northern Ireland Electricity/PA Wire
NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Archive picture of NIE worker repairing power lines Handout photo issued by Northern Ireland Electricity of NIE crews making emergency repairs to the electricity network after fierce snow storms in Northern Ireland disrupted services. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 23, 2013. Electricity poles collapsed and lines sagged in blizzard conditions while water in some remote areas dried up because powered pumps stopped working. Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has been working flat out to restore supplies but 29,000 homes are still waiting and it could be days before they are all reconnected. Water stopped running to around 1,000 properties in south Antrim and parts of County Down. See PA story WEATHER Cold Ulster. Photo credit should read: Northern Ireland Electricity/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

 

Police are investigating after two electricity poles were damaged in the Ardboe Road area of Cookstown.

Wire was stolen from the poles and copper was also taken, sometime between midnight and 2am on February 28th.

In a separate incident, police are also investigating following reports that an electricity pole had been

cut down in Hammond Street area of Moneymore on March 1st.

Police would stress the obvious dangers associated with this type of activity and would like to hear from anyone

who noticed any suspicious activity in and around these area to contact them, quoting reference number 97710314, on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively information about crime can be passed via the independent Crimestoppers

number on 0800 555 111.

NIE only last month issued a statement warning those involved of the dangers of tampering with electricity poles.

This recent event follows eight separate incidents last Autumn where live electricity poles were brought down in and around the Cookstown area.

These incidents, mostly happening overnight, leave properties without electricity and the perpetrators and local community at risk of electrocution.

Sam Gibson, from NIE said, “We would urge householders to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity around the electricity network. These people who are bringing down live electricity equipment are not only risking their own lives but those of the local community or livestock.”

“We are working closely with the PSNI to stamp out this type of practice and would encourage anyone in the local community who has information to come forward.”

 

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