Wiltshire

Thieves take gas pipes from Salisbury homes

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Image caption Wiltshire Police said the theft of the copper from live gas pipes was "extremely dangerous"

Thieves have put scores of lives at risk in Salisbury by stripping gas pipes from homes.

They have taken a total of 100m (328ft) of 22mm copper pipe from 13 council homes in the Hazel Close and Festival Avenue areas over the last week.

Pc Simon Davies said the incident was extremely dangerous and caused concern to residents.

Wiltshire Council said the value of the copper - which was attached to the outside of the houses - was unknown.

"Our staff worked with contractors British Gas to ensure new pipes were installed and residents affected were reconnected to their normal supply the same day," a council spokeswoman said in a statement.

"We kept the residents updated while the work was going on and provided temporary heating until they were back on the normal supply."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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