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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Electricity stations targeted by raiders

SEVEN electricity sub-stations in the Borders have been raided for their copper, putting the thieves’ lives in danger.

PC Allan Patterson told Newcastleton community councillors that copper had such a high value on the second-hand market that the thieves were taking stupid risks when cutting it away from live wires.

Many were lightning conductors in remote areas and the raiders were taking a big chance. A station at Hawick had a lot of material taken.

A generator was also stolen from Galashiels station. It was watched by CCTV and a white van with no registration number plates drove it away. It was traced to travelling people in Glasgow, showing that raiders are travelling long distances.

PC Patterson said he had been in touch with Northumbria police to try to get a rural watch scheme running. Northumbria has a good scheme, he said, and he hopes to use it to help him find out who is moving about at night.

He told councillors he had been out at night in an unmarked car but had not seen anything untoward so far, despite the raids.


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