£100,000 Bill After Sub-Station Near Redditch Broken Into

Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves stole a large quantity of copper from an electricity sub-station near Redditch over Christmas.

It happened at the National Grid sub-station in Astwood Lane, Feckenham, between 5pm on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, and 4.35pm on Thursday 29th December.

Thieves had dug under the electric fence. Once inside the compound they targeted a large number of electrical components on the site and removed copper cable, causing damage to the remaining cable.

The cost of replacing all the cable as a result is believed to be in the region of £100,000.

PC Steve Woodman of West Mercia Police said: “It is extremely dangerous to break into sub stations and the thieves risked their lives.

“The sub station is in a rural area but someone may have seen something suspicious over the Christmas period and we urge them to contact us. We believe the thieves would have had a vehicle parked in Rock Hill Lane while they carried out the theft.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Woodman on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 426-s-291211 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.