Officers from North Yorkshire Police appealed yesterday for information about the latest theft to blight the region as thieves look to exploit the soaring price of metal.
The cabling was stolen from the sub-station on Rawfield Lane at Monk Fryston, near Selby, between 4pm on Friday, January 6, and 8am on Monday, January 9.
The thieves broke into the compound and stole nearly 1,000ft of copper cable worth £16,000 and 165ft of copper “earth” tape valued at £1,000.
The increase in the price of metals such as copper has been cause by soaring demand around the world, but especially in nations such as China. It emerged in September 2010 that the rising price of copper had led to one of the region’s electricity companies, CE Electric UK, witnessing a staggering 25-fold increase in the number of trespassing offences in the previous five years.
Anyone with information about the latest theft can contact North Yorkshire Police’s new non-emergency number on 101.