News Release

Appeal after attempted metal thefts

Dated: 06 Feb 2012

Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted cable theft in West Sleekburn.

Between midnight and 4am on Monday, January 30, thieves opened up two manhole covers in Brock Lane and cut a section of metal cable inside.

The cable had been left and officers believe that thieves had planned to return and steal it - but a report to BT about broadband in the area being affected had led to engineers finding the damage and reporting it to police.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area on January 30 and who may have seen any suspicious people or vehicles in the Brock Lane area to contact them.

Northumberland PC Edward Armstrong said: "We received a call a week earlier about thieves attempting to steal cable in the same location, again the cable had been cut and had been left ready to be stolen.

"We need the public to report suspicious vehicles and activity to us so we can investigate. Thieves are sneaky and are using vans and high vis jackets to appear like legitimate workmen to the public.

"I'd ask that if anyone sees anything they are not sure about to report it to police so we can check it out."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.