Cable attacks ‘are down’ in the borough

CABLE thefts in the borough have fallen by nine per cent, police have revealed.

Doncaster has been named as a national hotspot for thieves stealing phone cable - costing BT millions of pounds to replace.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said cable theft had increased since last year because metal - particularly copper and lead - had “substantially increased in value”.

However, she said thefts had fallen slightly from 154 offences in August to 139 incidents last month.

Despite the nights drawing in, the force spokesman said the number of police patrols and operations would not increase.

Police revealed the worst affected areas were Hatfield, Dunscroft, Conisbrough and Mexborough.

The Free Press reported more arrests had been made last month as officers continued the crackdown with operations across the borough.

BT also recorded a reduction in the amount of thefts in Doncaster.

Luke Beeson, BT’s general manager for cable theft, said: “We are working extremely closely with British Transport Police and South Yorkshire Police who recently made a number of arrests.

“Since then we have seen a significant decline in the number of cable attacks in the Doncaster area.”

Mr Beeson said people being arrested had been aided largely because of SmartWater - an invisible liquid that has been painted on to cables to help police identify where the equipment belongs.

BT has also joined forces with Crimestoppers, anyone with information can call 0800 555 111. There is a reward of £2,000 for information which leads to a conviction.

Since January there have been more than 53 phone cable attacks in the borough leaving hundreds isolated. Affected areas have included Lindholme, Hatfield, Bentley, Askern and Fishlake.