£1,000 reward to catch North Clifton cable thieves

A £1,000 reward is being offered to help catch thieves who brought down power lines on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border.

Several homes were left without electricity after the vandals stole 400m (1,300ft) of copper cabling in North Clifton, near Newark.

Power distribution company Central Networks said the thieves risked being electrocuted.

The cable was taken from the Mill Lane area in the early hours of Tuesday.

Phil Wilson, customer operations manager with Central Networks, said: "Copper theft such as this is becoming all too common a trend and, whatever the financial reward, it really isn't worth risking your life.

"This kind of vandalism not only causes a huge inconvenience to those who may suffer power cuts because of this action, but, by ignoring safety warnings, thieves risk being seriously injured or, worse still, killed."

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