Copper cable theft in Stockton cuts power to 1,400 homes

Thieves who stole copper cable from an electricity substation in Stockton caused power to be cut off from 1,400 homes.

Power has now been restored to the area after Northern Powergrid repaired the damage.

Police said the theft took place overnight at the substation on Light Pipe Hall Road and they were making inquiries to trace the culprits.

Northern Powergrid apologised to residents for any inconvenience caused.

The damage to the substation was reported at 22:20 BST on Wednesday, with engineers working through the night.

About 1,000 houses had power restored by the end of Thursday morning, with most of the rest reconnected by 14:00 BST.

Northern Powergrid put the cost of damage at thousands of pounds.

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