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Metal thieves risking their lives

Dated: 10 Feb 2012

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Police in Ashington are warning metal thieves that they face putting their lives at risk if they try to steal from a wind farm.

In the last two weeks wind turbines at the Lynemouth wind farm site have gone live and officers have been speaking to engineers from the site about the potential dangers to offenders.

Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: "We've been meeting with staff from the site throughout the construction phase of the wind farm and working with them to ensure their crime prevention systems are in place.

"The sites have a host of security measures in place such as electric fencing, high security door locks and CCTV systems.

"The security in place is not only to protect the equipment from being targeted by thieves but to stop them from getting near to the turbines.

"Now that 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 that run through the systems.

"The wind farm 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."