Metal thieves have targeted overhead power cables in the region, leaving some properties without power.
Northern Powergrid, the electricity distributor for Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has reported several incidents on its power network in recent days.
Recent incidents include theft of 400 metres of overhead electricity cable normally carrying 11,000 volts at Sykehouse in Doncaster yesterday (May 2), leaving nearby properties without power.
The thieves left the cut cables, which are normally suspended well above ground at a safe height, hanging low across a roadway where tall farm and heavy goods vehicles pass regularly.
So far this year, Northern Powergrid has suffered an average of 12 thefts from the power network per week, despite significant efforts to respond to the problem and working closely with the police and independent charity Crimestoppers.
Nigel Walker, Vulnerable Assets Manager at Northern Powergrid said: “Once again, thieves are showing callous disregard for people’s safety as they target the power network to steal cable with relatively little financial value. The consequences of leaving cut electricity cables carrying thousands of volts hanging dangerously close to a public footpath doesn’t bear thinking about. Anyone touching these cables to simply try and move them out of the way would have suffered very serious injury or worse. We urge people to be vigilant and if they see any suspicious activity around the power network to report it to us immediately on our emergency 24 hour number 0800 668877, the police on 101 or give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where a reward of up to £1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and charge.”