|THIEVES who broke into an electricity sub-station in the grounds of Ysbyty Gwynedd made off with a quantity of copper and caused “significant” damage.
North Wales Police are appealing for information after thieves stole a quantity of copper wiring from a Scottish Power electricity sub-station near the hospital.
Sergeant David Hughes at Caernarfon Police Station said: "On February 26, Scottish Power staff conducting a routine visit to the site at Ysbyty Gwynedd discovered the theft and damage which is likely to have occurred sometime during the previous seven days.
“An amount of copper wiring has been taken with the thieves likely to have been here some time with the use of a vehicle probable too. I’m hoping someone will have seen some form of suspicious behaviour.”
“This type of crime affects us all and when electricity sub stations are attacked they often effect the whole community as power is interrupted.
“On this occasion a hospital could have been affected. In addition the actions of the thieves are totally reckless the possible consequences of their criminality could be fatal for what could be a relatively low value amount of metal.”
Over recent years the price of metal has risen considerably, driven by an increased demand. Metal theft is now estimated to cost the UK economy around £770m every year.
Sgt Hughes added: "I am eager to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously and particularly details of any vehicles in the area at the same time.
“It is worth reminding those living close to power sub-stations to remain vigilant and if you see any suspicious behaviour contact police immediately.”