Metal thieves put lives at risk

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POLICE are warning metal thieves that they face putting their lives at risk if they try to steal from a Lynemouth windfarm.

In the last few weeks, turbines at the site operated by ScottishPower have gone live and officers have been speaking to engineers about the potential dangers to offenders.

Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates, whose patch includes Lynemouth, said: “We’ve been meeting with staff from the site throughout the construction phase of the windfarm and are working with them to ensure their crime prevention systems are in place.

“The site has a host of security measures in place such as electric fencing, high security door locks and CCTV systems. This not only protects the equipment from being targeted by thieves, but stops them from getting near to the turbines.

“Now the site is operational and running, engineers have said that if thieves get inside the units and attempt to tamper with cable or steal metal they could be seriously hurt or even killed by the electric currents which run through the systems.

“The windfarm will be included in our patrols overnight and I’d urge anyone who sees anyone suspicious or any suspicious vehicles in the area to report them to police.”