Forest of Dean schoolchildren warned of power line danger

Schoolchildren are to be warned about the dangers of playing near power lines after tree branches were thrown at overhead cables in the Forest of Dean.

Safety advisors from Western Power will visit schools in Gloucestershire after the vandalism in Bream last week which cut electricity supplies.

The line was not brought down but 800 customers were affected by a loss of power, the company said.

It said patrols had since been increased in the area.

Neil James, from Western Power Distribution (WPD), said: "Safety is our number one priority.

"Electricity can travel down a branch or stick and it can even jump gaps, so it is very important not to throw things at overhead power lines.

"The lines carry extremely high voltages and interfering with them in any way is potentially lethal."

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