North Lincolnshire homes' power restored after cable theft
Power has been restored to hundreds of homes in North Lincolnshire after seven thefts of overhead cabling forced a blackout.
Northern Powergrid said homes lost power on Wednesday morning and was later restored at about 15:30 BST.
It affected about 390 customers in Alkborough, West Halton, Winterton and Barton upon Stather areas.
The company said about 1km (0.6 miles) of cabling was stolen. A substation in Worlaby was also targeted.
It had estimated the cost of the damage at £13,000 and had stepped up patrols around the local power network, Northern Powergrid said.
Head of Repairs Mick Hickling said: "Thieves have shown complete disregard for their own safety and the safety of the general public by interfering with our live equipment to steal cable with very little financial value.
"They are not only putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of anyone else who may innocently come into contact with our equipment as a result of the damage they cause."
Humberside Police said it was investigating the incident.