Hundreds of Kettering properties and businesses left without power after copper theft

Thieves caused disruption to hundreds of properties in Kettering after stealing copper wire from a sub-station
Thieves caused disruption to hundreds of properties in Kettering after stealing copper wire from a sub-station
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Thieves caused a power blackout in part of Kettering town centre when they broke into an electrical sub-station yesterday afternoon (Thursday) and stole copper cable.

Almost 400 properties, including a large number of businesses, were left without power between 1pm and 4.50pm, following the theft.

A spokesman for Western Power Distribution said: “Our engineers had to switch off the power for safety reasons and carry out repairs.

“It creates a dangerous situation when someone breaks into a sub-station. They are risking not only their own lives, but the lives of anyone who might come across the station when it is unsecured and those of the engineers – all for very small reward.

“The other consequence is the inconvenience caused to residents and businesses.”

Northamptonshire Police have been informed of the break-in.