Police are appealing for information after approximately 110 metres of underground network cable was stolen. The theft occured last week, in the Manby Road area of Louth.
The cable was owned by British Telecom (BT).
BT spokesman Paul Hayward said: “We have suffered the theft of some underground cabling which affected two properties.
“The theft of metal is a continuing problem in the UK, affecting many industry sectors. A BT partnership with Crimestoppers offers up to £1,000 reward for information leading to arrests and subsequent successful convictions. People can call anonymously and free on 0800 555 111.”
Police are investigating the case as part of ‘Operation Brompton’, an initiative which aims to tackle metal theft in Lincolnshire.
Thankfully, there have been no similar cases in the Louth area for some time.
Operation Brompton was launched in 2011 as an intelligence, prevention and enforcement strategy within Lincolnshire to tackle the challenging rise of metal theft locally.
It started primarily in response to the rise of lead thefts from churches, but has grown to incorporate all theft county- wide.
In previous incidents, both locally and nationally, metal thieves have often used vans whilst carrying out the crimes.
Thieves have been known to access underground cable through manholes, cutting the cable at both ends and then removing the cable at one end.
There have been some cases where thieves have used fake BT magnetic signs on the side of their vans, in order to try and appear legitimate whilst stealing cable during the daytime.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously around manholes or similar, please call 101 and note down as much information as you can, including vehicle registration numbers if possible.
If you have any information about the recent theft, please call 101 and quote incident number 173 of December 30.