Police fear for health of bungling thief who cut through 33,000-volt cable

Police have slammed a would-be thief who could have killed themselves after cutting through a high-voltage cable at a sub-station.

Officers believe those responsible may have used a digger in a bid to steal cabling from the ScottishPower site in Ballingry, Fife.

A 33,000-volt cable was cut at the Westfield Transforming Station, off the B9097, which left a nearby commercial property without power.

Having intentionally cut through a live power source, the culprit would have sustained some form of injury. The extent of which is not yet known.

Inspector Gavin Cameron is now urging those to seek medical help in the first instance.

Police Scotland and ScottishPower have said the consequences could have been far more serious.

Insp Cameron said: “This was a hugely reckless act which could have impacted the nearby communities and caused severe injury, or even death, to the perpetrator.

“We believe the intention was to steal cabling and that a vehicle, and possibly a mini digger, may have been used.

“We’d urge anyone who saw suspicious behaviour in the area, or has any information about this, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“If those responsible read this I would urge them to seek medical attention immediately.”

Ewan McMillan from ScottishPower said: “This is not a victimless crime.

“Illegal tampering with anything that links to the electricity network can be extremely dangerous and whoever was behind this vandalism clearly doesn’t care about the consequences.

“In the last few years we have seen cable thefts that have resulted in house fires at nearby properties.

“Though fortunately no homes were affected in this incident, it beggars belief that anyone could risk the safety of local people in this way.

“We will work closely with the police to help catch those responsible, but we would also encourage anyone who has any information on those responsible to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0136 of  November 9, or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.