METAL thieves have caused power cables to collapse after cutting through a 66,000 volt live wire.
As part of a daring attempt to steal more than 1.5 kilometres of power cables from near Rossington on Saturday night the thieves cut through the cabling and then through steel supports causing 17 masts to topple over a five kilometre stretch.
This meant almost 1,000 customers were left without power until early on Sunday.
Northern Powergrid confirmed a second attempted theft took place late last night in Tickhill which ended with cables falling onto Willsic Road and Apy Hill Lane.
Police had to close the two roads as a precaution while Northern Powergrid engineers attended the scene.
This attempted theft caused a loss of power supply to 12,000 customers for five-minutes.
Speaking about the first incident, Northern Powergrid Head of Repairs Mick Hickling said: “The theft was an utterly foolhardy act that put at risk the lives of not only the thieves but also the general public.
“It also brought disruption to the community and will take weeks to repair fully.
“Metal theft is a mindless crime that can have dire consequences.
“Northern Powergrid is working closely with the police to combat the crime and to raise awareness.
“We appeal to members of the public for their support and ask anyone with information into this mindless act to contact South Yorkshire Police or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”