Lives put at risk following Dunipace power cable theft

Police are appealing for information following a break-in at an office block in Grangemouth
Police are appealing for information following a break-in at an office block in Grangemouth

Reckless thieves have put lives at risk by stealing overhead power cables in Dunipace this week.

The cables were taken some time between Monday evening and early Tuesday morning near Denovan House in Denovan Road causing power cuts to four properties in the rural area.

ScottishPower said the cables, which are live, carry up to 11,000 volts of electricity and removing them causes a great risk to the public – and to those stealing them. They are also worth a minimal amount when sold as scrap.

The company was alerted to the problem at around 5.30am on Tuesday and engineers had to work until 3.30pm that day to restore power to the family households.

A ScottishPower spokesperson: “These criminals show a staggering disregard for their own safety, the safety of the public, and that of our employees.

“It is quite simply beggars belief that anyone would put their life on the line by interfering with thousands of volts of electricity to steal small amounts of cable with a minimal scrap value.

“It is important all our equipment is in service so we can maintain a good quality of electricity supply to all of our customers who depend on our service.

“We will continue to work to closely with the Police to help catch these criminals, and those who buy and sell the stolen copper.

Local police have issued an appeal for information as well as a safety warning. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Denny are investigating following the theft of overhead conductor cables in Dunipace.

“The incident happened overnight between Monday and Tuesday, October 16-17 near Denovan House in Denovan Road.

“Inquiries to trace those responsible are ongoing and anyone who can assist officers with their investigation is asked to come forward.

“The public are reminded of the risks associated with power cables and the potential for serious injury or even death should any attempt be made to touch or remove these while they are connected to a live electricity supply.”

Anyone with information on thefts is asked to contact police on 101 or ScottishPower’s 24-hour hotline 0800 092 9290.