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Police search for metal thief who cut through live cable

Police are searching for a metal thief who cut through a live electrical cable in Fife, possibly injuring themselves.

The theft happened overnight between Sunday and Monday at a former council yard on Poplar Road, Glenrothes.

Wiring and a number of copper pipes were stolen from the yard.

However, police believe the thief may have needed medical attention after causing an electrical blast when cutting through the 240 volt cable.

PC Ross Philp, of Police Scotland, said: "During the break-in, an amount of copper piping and copper wiring was stolen and while in the yard the thief also cut through a live 240 volt cable, causing an electrical blast.

"While it is possible that the explosion was not life threatening, it is expected that whoever did this will have injured themselves and is likely to require medical attention."

He added: "We are keen to trace the person responsible to ensure their well-being, as well as deal with the criminal issues surrounding this incident."

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