Clampdown on metal theft a success in Castleford

Metal thieves have targeted power lines.
Metal thieves have targeted power lines.
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Crime fighting charity Crimestoppers and electricity distributor Northern Powergrid have renewed their pledge to work together to tackle metal theft crime.

The two organisations have signed a two-year partnership affirming their commitment to tackling the issue and help catch the thieves who steal from the region’s power network and disrupt communities.

As part of the agreement, the two organisations will continue to offer rewards of up to £1,000 for information given to Crimestoppers that leads to the arrest and conviction of an individual for a metal theft offence.

The partnership will build on successful ventures including their joint digital campaign earlier this year which targeted metal theft hotspot areas in Castleford.

The campaign focused on the disruption caused to homes and businesses and asked local people to be the eyes and ears of their community and to contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about metal thieves.

Rodger Holden, Director of Business Development for Crimestoppers, said: “We’ve produced some really encouraging results working alongside Northern Powergrid and my hope is that we continue to achieve more.

“Through renewing this partnership, our message is clear, metal theft is not a victimless crime and we continue to do all we can, alongside Northern Powergrid, to cut it out.”

Nigel Walker, Northern Powergrid’s Vulnerable Assets Manager, said: “We’ve delivered some important initiatives with Crimestoppers to tackle metal theft over the last four years and it’s great that we are renewing this vital partnership. The partnership enables local people to report information on metal theft crime anonymously and play a part in helping prevent future disruption in their community.

“Metal theft from our network not only disrupts power supplies to homes and businesses, it can also be potentially fatal. Thieves leave our substations and power lines damaged increasing the danger of electrocution from anyone who comes too close to our equipment. It’s vital that local communities come together to help tackle metal theft crime and report any suspicious activity near their local power network.”

If you have any information on theft of metal in your area then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.