Cash reward to help catch the Rainham cable thieves who caused sparks to fly

The power company whose Rainham substation was hit by thieves last week are offering a �2,000 reward for information which helps convict the thieves.

At 11am on Thursday October 20, UK Power Networks’ substation behind Rothbury Ave, was hit by the crooks.

As a voltage regulating cable was stolen, the crime caused household appliances to smoke and spark, and a few electricity metres to catch alight.

More than 280 homes in surrounding roads suffered power cuts, and broken appliances.

David Shepherd, head of security at UK Power Networks, said: “Metal theft is a problem for utility companies and the world as a whole, driven by the rising prices of metals particularly copper, aluminium and lead.

“We have issued numerous warnings about the dangers of tampering with our electrical equipment – it is an incredibly dangerous and stupid thing to do because our equipment carries high voltage electricity.

He added: “We sympathise with our customers. We are also a victim of this crime, which caused a substantial repair bill, and we are keen to help the police with their investigation to find the culprits. I hope that the reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward quickly.”

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The Rainham and Wennington Safer Neighbourhood Team is investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt Matthew Chatters on 020 8649 3522.

Anyone noticing suspicious activity around a substation or overhead power lines in future, should inform the police or call the Substationwatch hotline on 0800 5873243.