Powerline tampering concerns police

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Nov 02, 2023 |

Supplied. NZ Police.

Canterbury Police are concerned the message is not getting through to the members of the public seen tampering with power lines and boxes in Christchurch.

In April, police received a number of reports about suspicious activity around power lines in Canterbury, including tampering with power line cabling and boxes predominantly in the red zone area.

On Monday this week, police were notified of two people seen tampering with the Orion network in the Woolston area.

Senior Sergeant Roy Appley said, “This behaviour is dangerous and has the potential to impact households living in the area.”

Police urge residents to ring 111 immediately if they see anyone acting suspiciously around power poles and lines.

Senior Sergeant Appley stresses that “if you come across live wires that are left hanging or jutting out of the ground, these could cause serious injury if touched and you should contact Orion immediately.”

Police are also seeking further information about an older model white flat deck truck, pictured, that has been seen in the vicinity of damaged power lines.

Anyone with information should call 105 and quote file number 220608/8767.

Police seek information about this flat-deck ute. Supplied.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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