Tayside and Central Scotland

Police in Falkirk investigate copper theft from electricity cables

A police investigation has been launched after metal thieves stripped the copper from electricity cables at a Falkirk village.

The wire was taken from cables on Bothkennar Road, near to Kincardine Road, Carronshore.

Officers said they believed the theft may have occurred over several weeks but was not noticed until Friday, 5 April.

The copper is believed to have a three figure value.

A Police Scotland, Forth Valley Division, spokeswoman said: "The total value of the copper taken was a three figure sum and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously in the area of Bothkennar Road or Kincardine Road to come forward.

"Whoever was involved either knew what they were doing or were extremely lucky not to have received a severe electric shock or even worse, be electrocuted.

"They have had no regard for their own safety."

Copper cable theft is estimated to cost the British economy £1bn a year.

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