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Meter tampering "widespread'' in Bodmin

By CG_Oscar  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

Fiddling with gas and electricty meters is dangerous say police

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Police are warning Bodmin residents of the dangers of tampering with gas and electricity meters.

Officers believe the criminal offence is widespread within the town. They discovered people fiddling their meters at two homes last night.

PC Robin Riches said officers accompanied Western Power staff to two addresses in Wallace Road.

He said: “ Both had been tampered with and the meter had been bypassed. Damage had been caused to the meters and they were in a dangerous condition.

“ Western Power made them both safe and the electricity supplier replaced the meters later that evening. One household was left with no power as the meter was so badly damaged that it was not safe to re connect it,’’ said the officer.

PC Riches said: “ The occupants of the addresses told us that there are a lot of people in Bodmin who have done the same. I suspect this is quite widespread.

“ There is obviously the risk of causing a fire or children touching exposed terminals. Western Power have legal power to enter any address in order to check the meter and this can be done whether or not the occupant is present.

“ They report any incidents to us and they will be dealt with for the offence of abstracting electricity.

“ I would like to discourage anyone else from doing it and also encourage people who have done it to own up to it and have their meters replaced,’’ he said.

Anyone with information can call the police anonymously on the non emergency number 101, or they can ring Western Power and report it to them.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 23 2014, 4:54PM

    Are they stupid enough to believe that this confined to Bodmin? Well that's the biased police for you!

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  • DipStick  |  January 23 2014, 4:46PM

    "News from the Labour Guardian ----------- "The company, fomerly known as Scottish and Southern Electric, said it expected to announce at its financial year end that it has increased profits by 8.8% and would reward shareholders with a higher dividend."----------------- it seems even Labour are getting sick of this greed, well, all except Cornish Labourites that is who apparently are quite happy being robbed blind." Just for some balance ...... :-) DS

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  • nickthompson  |  January 23 2014, 4:22PM

    News from the Tory Daily Mail----------- "Energy giant SSE on course to increase profits to 1.5 BILLION POUNDS two months after announcing 8% rise in consumer bills"----------------- it seems even the Tories are getting sick of this greed, well, all except Cornish Tories that is who apparently are quite happy being robbed blind.

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  • ShirePiskie  |  January 23 2014, 11:27AM

    I assume they can't afford the extra electricity needed for all the p*rn they watch in Bodmin. It can get expensive!

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  • ShirePiskie  |  January 23 2014, 11:25AM

    I assume they can't afford that extra electricity for all the p*rn they watch in Bodmin. It can get quite expensive!!!

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  • First Impressions  |  January 23 2014, 11:04AM

    Highly dangerous and quite stupid.

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  • nickthompson  |  January 23 2014, 8:40AM

    If you can't beat them, join them, thieves stealing from thieves, love it.

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