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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • The Ultimate Tape Cutter

    Product Overview

    Cuts Copper & Aluminium Earthing and Lightning Conductor Tape


    Hand Ratchet cutter specifically designed to cut copper and aluminium tape up to 40 x 4 mm. This cutter will give a perfectly square cut edge and has a clamp and quick release facility.


    Quick and easy to use


    Can be used in confined spaces

    Engineered and made in Germany

  • Electricity Cable Metal Thefts Create Disruption in the North East

    SELFISH metal thieves targeting electricity supplies are putting lives at risk and leaving behind a multi-million-pound bill, bosses have warned.

    Criminals are resorting to more extreme lengths to get their hands on profitable metal and have left Northern Powergrid with a annual bill of £14m, a Sunday Sun investigation revealed.

    A recent spate of metal thefts at electricity substations across the North has sparked extra security measures to be put in place to crack down on offenders.

    Specialist workers at the company, who are tasked with tackling the problem, have noticed a new trend where thieves are becoming more sophisticated and calculating when it comes to planning their crimes.

    And bosses have warned that lives are at risk from unsafe electricity cables left behind at crime scenes.

    Figures collated by the company showed that there were 448 incidents – more than eight a week – in the region last year with around half of them at substations.

    Rod Stuart, from Northern Powergrid, said: “In incidents like these, thieves are stealing cable that possibly has a market value of £30 but are causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, not just to our equipment but to appliances in people’s homes as well.

    “It would be fair to say when these thieves go into substations they know what they are doing because a lot of these cables are carrying 11,000 volts which could seriously injure someone.”

    Further substation thefts were reported last month at Mariner’s Wharf on Newcastle’s Quayside, Durham Road in Gateshead and Benton Park Road in Longbenton, Newcastle.

    There was another suspected incident in Teesside last week where someone attempted to cut through an 11,000-volt cable, only getting part way through, but enough to cut off supply to a large number of properties.

    The culprit is believed to have injured himself in doing so but no one has been traced in connection with it yet.

    It’s unclear whether the recent substation strikes are related but Nigel Walker, valuable assets manager at Northern Powergrid, says the organised nature of the thefts is apparent.


    Source: Sunday Sun March 3rd 2013

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