Thieves damage electricity pylons

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The PSNI has launched an investigation after thieves cut down electricity pylons and stole copper cabling in the Glenarm and Ballymena areas.

Police received a report that five pylons were damaged and a quantity of cabling stolen from the Coast Road area of Glenarm on Monday, January 20.

On the same day, police were called to the Carnalbanagh Road area of Broughshane after the suspected theft of a quantity of cable from a derelict premises.

Saturday, January 18, also saw the report of electricity pylons damaged and copper cabling stolen in the Raceview Road, Broughshane and the Buckna Road, Drumleckney.

Investigating officers believe that a single criminal gang is behind all of the thefts.

Police are asking for information from the public as part of their investigation as well as warning of the dangers posed when pylons and live cables are damaged in this way.

They have urged anyone who notices suspicious activity close to power lines, substations or other NIE or utility company premises to contact them immediately on 999.

Enquiries are continuing and police would appeal to anyone with any information to report it to police on 0845 600 8000. Or if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.