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Post  Badboy on Wed 8 Jun - 0:23

It is estimated that there is £770 million pound worth of damage to the railway system last year as a result of copper thefts.
there have also been thefts from bt sites as well as electricity sub stations.

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Post  Panda on Wed 8 Jun - 8:40

Badboy wrote:It is estimated that there is £770 million pound worth of damage to the railway system last year as a result of copper thefts.
there have also been thefts from bt sites as well as electricity sub stations.

That"s a lot of money Badboy, what do you reckon it is used for?

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Post  Badboy on Wed 8 Jun - 10:59

IT IS SAID THAT A LOT GOES TO INDIA AND CHINA WHERE THEY IS AN INCREASING DEMAND FOR COPPER IN ELECTRICAL LINES LIKE TRAINS, POWER LINES/GRIDS? ETC AS THESE COUNTRIES EXPAND.
COPPER PRICES ARE ABOUT £4-6,000 PER TON.
COPPER THEFTS ARE MORE COMMON IN NORTHEAST ENGLAND,YESTERDAY I READ AN ARTICLE IN GUARDIAN ABOUT `COPPER THEFT CENTRAL' IN SHEFFIELD WHERE A LOT OF RAILWAY LINES CONVERGE.

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Post  kitti on Wed 8 Jun - 11:08

Since their are not many churches left with lead roofs we can only assume that the railway is the next best thing.



At least they don't have to climb up ladders to steal it!

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Post  Badboy on Wed 8 Jun - 12:03

LOUISIANA HAS HAD PEOPLE GOING TO NEWLY BUILT HOMES STEALING THE COPPER INSIDE.
FORT WORTH IS SPENDING $110,000 PER YEAR BECAUSE THIEVES ARE STEALING IT FROM STRREETLIGHTS.
SEVERAL DEATHS HAVE OCCURED, SOME USE TOOLS TO CUT THROUGH LIVE WIRES,ONE DEATH OCCURED IN WEST VIRGINIA,FIRES HAVE BREAKEN OUT BECAUSE OF COPPER THEFTS.
HOPE THE COPPER THEFTS DON'T TARGET THE COPPER PIPES OUTSIDE MY FLAT,OTHERWISE A GAS EXPLOSION MIGHT HAPPEN.(I THINK THEY ARE COPPER PIPES)

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Post  margaret on Wed 8 Jun - 12:08

The price of metal has gone through the roof in the last few years that's why (and continues to go up almost daily).

We have metal skips at work which are contracted to a firm, but we have travellers calling in at least once a week asking to take it away. On a few occasions they've come back to pinch the metal in it anyway.


Take it straight to a scrap yard - no questions asked - and receive cash for it.

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Post  kitti on Wed 8 Jun - 14:23

Where I live we have gardens outside which is chained in and bit by bit the chains are disappearing!!

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Post  Panda on Wed 8 Jun - 16:03



Just shows the level of dishonesty Britain has reached, never mind if a Train is derailed and people killed . I can"t ever remember when I was growing up
and people had b***er all , you could leave your back door unlocked and there wasn"t a danger of your House being burgled.

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Post  Lioned on Wed 8 Jun - 16:37

Why would anyone want to steal a Policeman ?




Anyway this bloke wont want to do it again..............

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2000705/Dont-steal-electric-cables-Thiefs-advice-suffering-horrific-burns-22-000-volt-shock.html?ITO=1490

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Post  Badboy on Wed 8 Jun - 16:50

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE METAL COPPER(1/2P PIECES ARE MADE OF THEM SUPPOSEDLY.
metal thiefs seems to be all over the place,a train in netherlands(2003?)got derailed,whole steel bridges have disappeared in places like russia,5 billion rand worth of copper or other metal thiefs occurs in south africa every year, american states(usa)seems to have a lot of this problems,even big bells from buddhist temples have been stolen.

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Post  Lioned on Wed 8 Jun - 17:06

My local scrap merchant wont take stuff from 'Pikies' anymore and has a big notice up saying NO BT/RAIL CABLES ETC.

I took a sack of copper and brass to him and he gave me 150 squid for it so its a good price at the moment.

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Post  Badboy on Fri 10 Jun - 19:13

DELAY IN TRAINS FROM WATERLOO STATION YESTERDAY CAUSED BY POSSIBLE METAL THEFT OR WAS IT JUST VANDALISM ON LINE BETWEEN WOKING AND FARNBOROUGH

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Post  Badboy on Sat 11 Jun - 18:13

just saw on road wars someone who was caught with some bt cables,worth about £300

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Post  Angelique on Thu 16 Jun - 3:15

I saw on Sky recently that one of these lads got burnt stealing electric cable - he was burnt on both hands and his face. He said he had learned his lesson now. Bit late!

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Post  Panda on Thu 16 Jun - 8:17

Angelique wrote:I saw on Sky recently that one of these lads got burnt stealing electric cable - he was burnt on both hands and his face. He said he had learned his lesson now. Bit late!

I think even in the War Years when people really were poor, crime was never as high as this and certainly not to put other peoples lives at risk.

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Post  Badboy on Sat 18 Jun - 18:01

THERE WAS A CASE RECENTLY IN SOLIHULL WHERE THIEVES WERE ALMOST KILLED IN A ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION.
METAL THEFTS HAPPENED 15 TIMES A DAY IN THE MIDLANDS,CAUSING TRAIN DELAYS IN SOME CASES.
IN YORKSHIRE,POSTBOXES HAVE BEEN STOLEN WHEREAS IN USA AIR CONDITIONERS AS WELL AS TOILET SEATS HAVE BEEN STOLEN AS PART OF METAL THEFTS.


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Post  Panda on Sat 18 Jun - 18:08

Badboy wrote:THERE WAS A CASE RECENTLY IN SOLIHULL WHERE THIEVES WERE ALMOST KILLED IN A ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION.
METAL HAPPENED 15 TIMES A DAY IN THE MIDLANDS,CAUSING TRAIN DELAYS IN SOME CASES.
IN YORKSHIRE,POSTBOXES HAVE BEEN STOLEN WHEREAS IN USA AIR CONDITIONERS AS WELL AS TOILET SEATS HAVE BEEN STOLEN AS PART OF METAL THEFTS.

Badboy, it shows the state of the World economically that thefts of this kind are becoming commonplace.

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Post  Badboy on Sat 18 Jun - 20:46

EVEN CARS HAVE BEEN STOLEN FOR THEIR METAL

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Post  kitti on Sun 19 Jun - 9:35

Hope bobby george don't get stolen!!!!

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Post  kitti on Sun 19 Jun - 9:37

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/darts/2543137/Bobby-George-adds-up-to-more-than-just-a-dazzler-Darts.html

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Post  Panda on Sun 19 Jun - 10:08

kitti wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/darts/2543137/Bobby-George-adds-up-to-more-than-just-a-dazzler-Darts.html


Great Article kitti....but what"s it got to do with Copper theft. It would have got more views if it had been posted in the Sports section.

I used to watch the Darts International Matches good fun, but since it has always been a Pub game it"s no wonder the Contestants had "Beer Bellies".

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Post  Badboy on Sun 19 Jun - 17:10

THIS WEEK,METAL THIEVES HIT RETFORD AREA IN NOTTS,BT INSTALLIONS I THINK IT WAS THAT GOT HIT.
IN AMERICA ,HISTORIC PLAGUES(SP?) HAVE BEEN STOLEN AND EVEN STATUES THAT STAND IN PUBLIC PARKS.

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Post  Panda on Sun 19 Jun - 17:22

Badboy wrote:THIS WEEK,METAL THIEVES HIT RETFORD AREA IN NOTTS,BT INSTALLIONS I THINK IT WAS THAT GOT HIT.
IN AMERICA ,HISTORIC PLAGUES(SP?) HAVE BEEN STOLEN AND EVEN STATUES THAT STAND IN PUBLIC PARKS.

Wait until all these cuts in Public spending take affect, someone recently likened the effect to the great depression of the 1920"s. Hope it"s not that bad.

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Post  Chris on Mon 20 Jun - 17:02

kitti wrote:Since their are not many churches left with lead roofs we can only assume that the railway is the next best thing.



At least they don't have to climb up ladders to steal it!


The down side of course is that a church roof usually doesn't have high voltage travelling through it.

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Post  margaret on Mon 20 Jun - 17:10

Panda wrote:
Angelique wrote:I saw on Sky recently that one of these lads got burnt stealing electric cable - he was burnt on both hands and his face. He said he had learned his lesson now. Bit late!

I think even in the War Years when people really were poor, crime was never as high as this and certainly not to put other peoples lives at risk.

True Panda, but back then people had respect for each other. Nowadays everyone is out for themselves, it's always someone else's fault and of course 'everyone's doing it', which follows that they must do it too.

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