Dicing with death

Near Mugdock Country Park, overhead electricity cables were stolen.
Near Mugdock Country Park, overhead electricity cables were stolen.

Scottish Power bosses have put up a £20,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction following the theft of electricity power cables.

The move follows a spate of thefts across Central Scotland in just over two weeks, including two near Milngavie.

Electricity cables were stolen from a power line to the west of Mugdock Country Park and near Hilton Park Golf Course.

The brazen crooks are risking their own lives as the power lines can carry up to 11,000 volts of electricity.

They also threaten the power supply of nearby properties.

Scottish Power has warned that it’s only a matter of time before a life is lost and they are keen to get information from the public which could lead to the successful conviction of those involved in thefts.

Guy Jefferson, director of Scottish Power Energy Networks, said: “These recent thefts have been deeply concerning and we are working closely with Police Scotland to catch those responsible.

“I’d urge anyone who spots suspicious behaviour near our power lines to report what they have seen to the police.

“Metal theft is one of the biggest threats to the safety of the electricity network and the impact of these crimes can be devastating.”

Call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Scottish Power’s 24 hour hotline 0800 0929290.