Police are investigating after two electricity poles were damaged in the Ardboe Road area of Cookstown.
Wire was stolen from the poles and copper was also taken, sometime between midnight and 2am on February 28th.
In a separate incident, police are also investigating following reports that an electricity pole had been
cut down in Hammond Street area of Moneymore on March 1st.
Police would stress the obvious dangers associated with this type of activity and would like to hear from anyone
who noticed any suspicious activity in and around these area to contact them, quoting reference number 97710314, on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively information about crime can be passed via the independent Crimestoppers
number on 0800 555 111.
NIE only last month issued a statement warning those involved of the dangers of tampering with electricity poles.
This recent event follows eight separate incidents last Autumn where live electricity poles were brought down in and around the Cookstown area.
These incidents, mostly happening overnight, leave properties without electricity and the perpetrators and local community at risk of electrocution.
Sam Gibson, from NIE said, “We would urge householders to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity around the electricity network. These people who are bringing down live electricity equipment are not only risking their own lives but those of the local community or livestock.”
“We are working closely with the PSNI to stamp out this type of practice and would encourage anyone in the local community who has information to come forward.”