Cable Stolen

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£10,000 of Metal Cable Taken from Langton Green

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Kent Police are hoping someone can help them find whoever stole metal cable valued at £10,000 from a water company site near Tunbridge Wells.

Between 5pm on 24 April and 8am on 29 April, thieves struck twice at the premises of Southern Water in Broom Lane, Langton Green. In total, 600m of electricity cable was taken and it is estimated replacing the cable will cost the utilities firm more than £15,000. Officers believe the cables would have been extremely heavy, suggesting the culprits had the ability to cut them into smaller parts and load them onto a truck.

Chief Inspector Nikki Faulconbridge, based at Tunbridge Wells Police Station, said: "Because of the tools and equipment required to carry out a crime such as this, this would not have been an opportunistic or unplanned offence."We are talking to farm owners and the rural community to see if anyone saw anything suspicious over the weekend, but if anyone else saw anything suspicious, such as a large truck or a trailer in the area, we would like to hear from them as those details could be significant. It may be that the offenders had visited the area previously to search for possible targets."

To assist police with their enquiries, call 101 quoting crime number YY/8060/13.

Chief Insp Faulconbridge added: "This crime aptly illustrates the importance of security, especially in rural areas. As part of our Stay Safe this Spring campaign, we recommend businesses take the opportunity to review their own crime prevention measures including CCTV coverage, installing or repairing alarm systems and identifying and securing any areas that may be vulnerable."

For more information, including a free self-assessment tool to gauge how well protected your firm is, click on http://www.kent.police.uk/advice/business/business.html or search for #Staysafe on Twitter


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