33 Hyndburn electricity substations raided by metal thieves in just one month

THIEVES are taking their lives in their hands on a daily basis as break-ins to electricity substations soar.

Accrington police reported 33 break-ins in just one month, with some sub-stations targeted repeatedly.

The problem is said to be centered on Rishton, with some also taking place in Accrington and Great Harwood.

PC Roger Brindle said people were forcing their way into the small shed-like units, ignoring warning signs and putting themselves at the mercy of ‘life threatening voltages’, to try to steal metal.

The cost of damage to stations is around £400 a time.

There has also been concern at children being able to access the opened stations.

PC Brindle said: “It’s a massive risk, as life-threatening voltages run through these stations.

"The problem is with thieves breaking in to steal very large, thick cables.

"The substations are linked to the national grid and cost hundreds to repair each time they are messed with.”

PC Louis Boyle said patrols were targeting the problem.

He said: “There have been about ten in the last four days.

"As well as the risks, the cost to Electricity North West will end up being passed back to customers, and it has the potential to cause blackouts.”

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Anyone with information should call police on 0845 1253545 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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1:50pm Mon 14 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

The police are sending out the wrong message if these substations are a "massive risk" and there are "life-threatening voltages".

Remove all safety measures and put a big sign up outside saying "Free metal within"
The police are sending out the wrong message if these substations are a "massive risk" and there are "life-threatening voltages". Remove all safety measures and put a big sign up outside saying "Free metal within" happycyclist

1:57pm Mon 14 Nov 11

useyourhead says...

put human sized traps inside fake substations so when they go in a trap door drops and they are caged awaiting collection.
put human sized traps inside fake substations so when they go in a trap door drops and they are caged awaiting collection. useyourhead

2:05pm Mon 14 Nov 11

Rumpole says...

maybe they are stealing the big thick cables to sell so they can pay their electricity and gas bills..........

The profits of these utility companies are supposed to go towards providing cheaper and sustainable energy supplies for the future but i don't see my bills getting any cheaper while their profits are rising, can you?
maybe they are stealing the big thick cables to sell so they can pay their electricity and gas bills.......... The profits of these utility companies are supposed to go towards providing cheaper and sustainable energy supplies for the future but i don't see my bills getting any cheaper while their profits are rising, can you? Rumpole

2:12pm Mon 14 Nov 11

LawAbidingCitizen_MS says...

Rumpole wrote:
maybe they are stealing the big thick cables to sell so they can pay their electricity and gas bills..........

The profits of these utility companies are supposed to go towards providing cheaper and sustainable energy supplies for the future but i don't see my bills getting any cheaper while their profits are rising, can you?
That still doesn't give them the right to go and steal cables.

At the end of the day all of us our going through recession, everything is on the rise and still is, i.e petrol, food, tax etc. We still have to put up with it and pay up, don't see why it should be different for anyone else, do u?
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: maybe they are stealing the big thick cables to sell so they can pay their electricity and gas bills.......... The profits of these utility companies are supposed to go towards providing cheaper and sustainable energy supplies for the future but i don't see my bills getting any cheaper while their profits are rising, can you?[/p][/quote]That still doesn't give them the right to go and steal cables. At the end of the day all of us our going through recession, everything is on the rise and still is, i.e petrol, food, tax etc. We still have to put up with it and pay up, don't see why it should be different for anyone else, do u? LawAbidingCitizen_MS

2:55pm Mon 14 Nov 11

Livesey rover says...

Stronger sentences needed.
Stronger sentences needed. Livesey rover

2:58pm Mon 14 Nov 11

Rumpole says...

LawAbidingCitizen_MS wrote:
Rumpole wrote:
maybe they are stealing the big thick cables to sell so they can pay their electricity and gas bills..........

The profits of these utility companies are supposed to go towards providing cheaper and sustainable energy supplies for the future but i don't see my bills getting any cheaper while their profits are rising, can you?
That still doesn't give them the right to go and steal cables.

At the end of the day all of us our going through recession, everything is on the rise and still is, i.e petrol, food, tax etc. We still have to put up with it and pay up, don't see why it should be different for anyone else, do u?
Why is it that a tongue in cheek comment is always taken seriously by the cockerel in mouth brigade?

I do not condone these thefts at all, the same as i don't condone these companies making obscene profits off the backs of ordinary working people.

Prices are going up to protect the profits of these big companies and to feed the greedy bosses that can't survive life without millions of pounds in wages.

I would estimate that for every pound these companies make at least half of it is taken out of the economy forever so no wonder we are in a recession and being forced to pay higher prices for everything.

These big companies that make billions of pounds a year should be made to create more jobs out of their profits.

There are alternative energy sources but these will not become widespread until people can afford to have them installed but they can't do that when they don't have the money in the first place.

We are held to ransom by these companies and nothing will change while people keep on paying up without complaining about the rising costs and no affordable alternatives.
[quote][p][bold]LawAbidingCitizen_MS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: maybe they are stealing the big thick cables to sell so they can pay their electricity and gas bills.......... The profits of these utility companies are supposed to go towards providing cheaper and sustainable energy supplies for the future but i don't see my bills getting any cheaper while their profits are rising, can you?[/p][/quote]That still doesn't give them the right to go and steal cables. At the end of the day all of us our going through recession, everything is on the rise and still is, i.e petrol, food, tax etc. We still have to put up with it and pay up, don't see why it should be different for anyone else, do u?[/p][/quote]Why is it that a tongue in cheek comment is always taken seriously by the cockerel in mouth brigade? I do not condone these thefts at all, the same as i don't condone these companies making obscene profits off the backs of ordinary working people. Prices are going up to protect the profits of these big companies and to feed the greedy bosses that can't survive life without millions of pounds in wages. I would estimate that for every pound these companies make at least half of it is taken out of the economy forever so no wonder we are in a recession and being forced to pay higher prices for everything. These big companies that make billions of pounds a year should be made to create more jobs out of their profits. There are alternative energy sources but these will not become widespread until people can afford to have them installed but they can't do that when they don't have the money in the first place. We are held to ransom by these companies and nothing will change while people keep on paying up without complaining about the rising costs and no affordable alternatives. Rumpole

3:57pm Mon 14 Nov 11

Redbike says...

"These big companies that make billions of pounds a year should be made to create more jobs out of their profits."

I say build some Giant Hamster Wheels, connect them to a Turbine and put the unemployed on the Hamster Wheel for a few hours a day. Genearte Electricity, pay the unemployed the feed-in tarrif. It's green, sustainable and would also keep the blighters fit and do something to fight obesity levels.
"These big companies that make billions of pounds a year should be made to create more jobs out of their profits." I say build some Giant Hamster Wheels, connect them to a Turbine and put the unemployed on the Hamster Wheel for a few hours a day. Genearte Electricity, pay the unemployed the feed-in tarrif. It's green, sustainable and would also keep the blighters fit and do something to fight obesity levels. Redbike

4:13pm Mon 14 Nov 11

frank says...

can't wait to hear that one of these thieves had tried to nick some live cable.
can't wait to hear that one of these thieves had tried to nick some live cable. frank

4:39pm Mon 14 Nov 11

LawAbidingCitizen_MS says...

frank wrote:
can't wait to hear that one of these thieves had tried to nick some live cable.
im sure it was in the news a few months ago, someone got seriously burnt trying to nick live cable, and lives to say ' don't nick cable, its dangerous'?! born idle or what
[quote][p][bold]frank[/bold] wrote: can't wait to hear that one of these thieves had tried to nick some live cable.[/p][/quote]im sure it was in the news a few months ago, someone got seriously burnt trying to nick live cable, and lives to say ' don't nick cable, its dangerous'?! born idle or what LawAbidingCitizen_MS

5:57pm Mon 14 Nov 11

HelmshoreBoy says...

A few years ago, one of these substations exploded in Blackburn injuring an electricity engineer and a policeman, who were investigating a theft!

Pity it doesn't happen to the thieves!
A few years ago, one of these substations exploded in Blackburn injuring an electricity engineer and a policeman, who were investigating a theft! Pity it doesn't happen to the thieves! HelmshoreBoy

6:03pm Mon 14 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Redbike wrote:
"These big companies that make billions of pounds a year should be made to create more jobs out of their profits."

I say build some Giant Hamster Wheels, connect them to a Turbine and put the unemployed on the Hamster Wheel for a few hours a day. Genearte Electricity, pay the unemployed the feed-in tarrif. It's green, sustainable and would also keep the blighters fit and do something to fight obesity levels.
ELEVEN people on bike generators took 5 minutes and 6 seconds to boil enough water just for a cup of tea.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=oWWwRtkUI
yQ

Do keep up ;)
[quote][p][bold]Redbike[/bold] wrote: "These big companies that make billions of pounds a year should be made to create more jobs out of their profits." I say build some Giant Hamster Wheels, connect them to a Turbine and put the unemployed on the Hamster Wheel for a few hours a day. Genearte Electricity, pay the unemployed the feed-in tarrif. It's green, sustainable and would also keep the blighters fit and do something to fight obesity levels.[/p][/quote]ELEVEN people on bike generators took 5 minutes and 6 seconds to boil enough water just for a cup of tea. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=oWWwRtkUI yQ Do keep up ;) happycyclist

6:25pm Mon 14 Nov 11

Graham Hartley says...

Turning off the supply to a substation is a straightforward affair, as it must be quickly effected in emergencies; the safe removal of metal can follow. The interruption of supply to large areas is easy to those with confidence and little know-how. Irresponsible of me, perhaps, to say even this much.
Turning off the supply to a substation is a straightforward affair, as it must be quickly effected in emergencies; the safe removal of metal can follow. The interruption of supply to large areas is easy to those with confidence and little know-how. Irresponsible of me, perhaps, to say even this much. Graham Hartley

6:30pm Mon 14 Nov 11

burner says...

I keep sayin it . . . . . don't pay the thieves ( or ANYONE ) in cash!!! Do it with a traceable transaction.
I keep sayin it . . . . . don't pay the thieves ( or ANYONE ) in cash!!! Do it with a traceable transaction. burner

12:55pm Wed 16 Nov 11

Zoroastrian says...

A responsible utility operator would have reviewed its risk assessment by now and would conclude that the security of these sub-stations is insufficient. If they then made plans to improve security they would probably help young people get jobs in the building and security industries locally instead of passing wealth to the investment bankers. I would suggest that unless they review their risk assessments soon the thieves would have a good case for compensation should they be injured while removing the cables.
A responsible utility operator would have reviewed its risk assessment by now and would conclude that the security of these sub-stations is insufficient. If they then made plans to improve security they would probably help young people get jobs in the building and security industries locally instead of passing wealth to the investment bankers. I would suggest that unless they review their risk assessments soon the thieves would have a good case for compensation should they be injured while removing the cables. Zoroastrian

10:43pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Graham Hartley says...

PC Brindle said: “It’s a massive risk, as life-threatening voltages run through these stations.

No, voltages do not run. They can be expressed as energy changes when charge moves, or equivalently as line integrals (Faraday's Law). However one does it, one must acquire a technical education; and read plenty of Wittgenstein, thereby assuming eternal doubt.
PC Brindle said: “It’s a massive risk, as life-threatening voltages run through these stations. No, voltages do not run. They can be expressed as energy changes when charge moves, or equivalently as line integrals (Faraday's Law). However one does it, one must acquire a technical education; and read plenty of Wittgenstein, thereby assuming eternal doubt. Graham Hartley

7:17pm Sat 26 Nov 11

maz;0) says...

Fried pickey....
Fried pickey.... maz;0)

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