Eight electric poles cut down in Stewartstown area by copper thieves

An engineer working on an electricity line.
An engineer working on an electricity line.

Police are investigating after eight electricity poles were cut down and copper stolen from the wires in the Castlefarm Road area, just outside Stewartstown.

The problem with copper thefts from electricity poles has been an ongoing issue in the wider Cookstown and Magherafelt District Council area.

At the end of last year, the MAIL reported that there have been ten separate incidents since September 2012 where overhead electricity lines or poles have been brought down risking the serious injury of the perpetrators, passers-by or livestock and leaving homes and businesses without power for a short time.

NIE told the MAIL at the time that their main concerns with the rising number of these kinds of incidents is the potential danger that people are putting themselves and others in.

Sam Gibson, NIE Asset Management, said, “Anyone interfering with electricity equipment is putting their lives at risk.

“They are also showing a complete disregard for the local community by leaving equipment in a dangerous state and in many cases leaving local homes without power.

Anyone who can help police with their enquiries is asked to contact them on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively information about crime can be passed anonymously via the independent Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.