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Warning to would-be metal thieves

February 26, 2013, 1:11 pm

Police in North Tyneside are warning would-be metal thieves of the risks they are running.

The warning comes after an incident at an empty shop in Wallsend where a fire was caused when thieves tried to steal copper cables.

Between 11.18pm on Sunday February 24 and 12.14am on Monday February 25 thieves attempting to take copper cables caused a small fire at the former Co-Op store at the Forum Shopping Centre.

Nothing was taken however a considerable amount of damage was caused and the thieves may well have ended up with burn injuries.

North Tyneside Inspector Richard Yeats said: “Whoever is responsible for this attempted theft needs to be aware they are risking their lives by stealing the cable.

“Not only are they putting their own lives in danger by tampering with live electric cables, they risk cutting off power to local people’s homes, local businesses and potentially putting other people’s lives at risk.

“If anyone sees people behaving suspiciously near electricity cables, at power substations or at derelict buildings, report it to police, officers can carry out checks to ensure they are legitimate workmen.”

Anyone with information about the recent attempted theft and fire is asked to contact police in North Tyneside on the 101 non-emergency number or alternatively call Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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