Lincolnshire cable theft 'puts lives at risk'

Police with stolen cable Image copyright Lincolnshire Police
Image caption Anyone with information about the cable thefts has been urged to contact police

Thieves who have stolen 7.5 miles (12 kms) of high voltage cable in Lincolnshire are putting lives at risk, a power company has said.

Northern Powergrid said its 11,000 volt lines in the Louth area had been targeted by a gang in a series of raids earlier this month.

As well as disruption to nearly 1,000 homes and businesses, live cables had been left trailing on the ground.

The company has offered a £1,000 reward for information about the crimes.

The thefts, near South Somercotes, Theddlethorpe and Welton le Wold, had caused £20,000 worth of damage, the firm said.

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