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Copper is being taken from live electricity wires - and it's VERY dangerous

Thefts mean that the lines are cut and electricity is affected.

Copper piping
Copper piping
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THIS COPPER WIRE is worth a lot of money, which is why it is sometimes targeted by thieves.

But after another recent incident of live conductors being cut and electricity poles damaged in the hunt for the copper, ESB Networks has sent out a nationwide warning.

They are asking people to be vigilant of the fact the live lines are being targeted, as well as the dangers posed by the activity.

ESB Networks said they are aware of a number of incidences recently where copper conductor was removed and electricity poles damaged.

This dangerous activity affects the supply to customers in the affected areas while crews from ESB Networks assess the damage and carry out repair works.
We apologise to customers that may experience loss of supply due to these incidences; not only are the perpetrators of these crimes putting their lives at risk, they are also endangering the lives of members of the public with this activity. Added to that is the inconvenience caused to local residents while the repair works are carried out by ESB Network crews.

ESB Networks are actively working with the Gardaí to tackle the problem and are “vigorously pursuing every feasible means of protecting the electricity network”.

They said that the public have “an important part to play in helping put a stop to this type of theft”, and appealed for people to be vigilant.

It is vital that if the public see any suspicious people or vehicles anywhere near electricity lines that they contact An Garda Síochána and ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 as a matter of urgency.

Read: Two Gardaí hospitalised trying to stop Co Donegal theft>

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