Reward to catch metal thieves who caused Hartlepool power cut

Anchor Retail Park
Anchor Retail Park

A reward is being offered to help catch metal thieves who struck at Anchor Retail Park.

Businesses were left in the dark when thieves targeted the power network on September 2, causing a power cut.

Northern Powergrid has teamed up with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to catch the culprits.

They are offering a reward of up to £1,000 for any information which helps lead to the arrest and charging of the culprits who stole 60 metres of cable from Northern Powergrid’s substation in Marina Way in Hartlepool.

Pete Wilstrop, Northern Powergrid’s network inspections manager, said: “These thieves are reckless and show complete disregard for the danger they are putting themselves in. Metal theft causes power cuts and disrupts local communities and businesses and causes significant to our power network.

“We would encourage anyone who saw any suspicious activity around our substation Marina Way, Hartlepool on 2 September 2015 to contact our emergency 24-hour number 0800 66 88 77, the police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 as a reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and charge.”

Roger Critchell, Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, said: “Often people see this as a victimless crime, which I can categorically deny as businesses suffer when power cuts occur, which has a knock on effect to their customers.

“I’d ask that if anyone has any information on this incident to contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the knowledge that nobody will know you contacted us.”

•Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.