Copper pipe theft sparks warning

Mindless thieves are putting lives at risk by stealing copper piping connected to external gas meters in Mansfield Woodhouse.

Two Mansfield District Council homes, one on Peafield Lane and another on Oak Tree Crescent, were targeted last week and the council has also been made aware of a privately owned house which has been stripped of its external gas service piping.

The council has repaired the damage caused to its properties and expects the cost to be over £250 per property.

The crimes were spotted by the residents of the properties, who quickly turned off their gas supply and notified the police.

It is believed the pipes were stolen to sell on as scrap metal.

Coun Mick Colley, Portfolio Holder for Tenancy Services and Special Housing Needs, said: “These mindless thieves are not only putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of local residents.

Cutting through copper gas pipes causes gas to escape into the air which is very dangerous and can result in fire and explosions. I would urge the public to contact the police immediately if they see anything suspicious.”

l If anyone sees someone attempting to steal copper gas pipes, or smells gas, they should contact the National Grid Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 and Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 9999.