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Metal theft leaves hundreds of homes without power

Police are appealing for information after a metal theft in North Tyneside that left hundreds of homes without power.

Between 10:30pm and 11:30pm on Monday15 April, thieves broke into an electricity sub station in Staithes Avenue in Longbenton, and stole metal cable from inside.

The theft caused a number of homes in Staithes Avenue, Goathland Avenue, Yewburn Way, Lythe Way, Whitbay Crescent and Elmsford Groves to then lose power.

The damage also caused a power surge in the area and a number of people had electrical items like game consoles, white goods and boilers damaged.

Anyone with information about the theft, or who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour around sites such as power stations, can speak to police by calling 101.

"We think the theft happened between 10:30pm and 11:30pm on Monday evening and one witness reported seeing two men in Goathland Avenue around midnight pushing a trolley and carrying something. I'd urge anyone who might have seen anything suspicious to contact us with information.

"The electrical engineers who attended told officers that whoever broke in and stole the metal were millimetres from getting themselves electrocuted and possibly even killed. The power surge it caused could have easily caused a number of house fires.

"Those who commit this type of crime are putting their lives, and the lives of others, at risk."

– Detective Inspector Neil Brotherton


Metal theft at Masonic Lodge

Thieves targeted the Masonic Lodge twice over Christmas Credit: ITV

Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to the Masonic Lodge in Bournopfield, County Durham, after metal thieves stripped lead from the roof. The 19th century building was targeted twice over Christmas.

It is estimated that the value of the stolen lead is £150 but around £7,000 worth of damage has been caused by flooding after large holes were left in the roof.

Police hunt heartless thieves

Whitby police are appealing for information about the theft of two memorial plaques. They were taken from the side of the A169 at Saltersgate bank, between Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 July 2012.

The metal plaques were in memory of Carl Roe, 21, of Fountains Close,Whitby who died as the result of a road traffic collision on Friday 16 March 2012.

One of the plaques is 2ft high with a photograph of Carl and a poem attached. The second is oval and bears the inscription “Carl Roe, 19 02 1991 to 16 03 2012, Gone but not forgotten”.

"The whole family is completely devastated by this horrible theft, coming so soon after the loss of Carl.

“We simply cannot understand how anyone could be this heartless."

– Alison Roe, mother of Carl Roe

"The thieves who stole the plaques have committed a truly despicable crime. It is very obvious that the plaques will have been placed there only recently in memory of a much loved family member and their theft is an act of the most heartless callousness."

– PC Katie Shaw

Suspected metal thieves target Newcastle landmark

Two men we seen in the area at the time of the theft. Credit: ITV

Suspected metal thieves have stolen clock faces from the side of a landmark listed building in Newcastle.

Police are still investigating what happened to the iconic clocks on the former Co-op building. Two men were seen dismantling them on Wednesday evening but no arrests have been made.

The Grade II- listed building has been empty since last year, plans to redevelop it are ongoing.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At 6pm on Wednesday night police received a report that two men appeared to be dismantling the clocks on the side of the Co-op building, on Newgate Street.

“Neighbourhood officers are carrying out enquiries and working with the owner of the building.”