‘LIVES IN DANGER’

LIVE electricity cables were pulled out of lampposts and intentionally left exposed putting people’s lives in danger.

Eight lampposts were tampered with in Eastwood and police said the reckless behaviour could ‘easily have killed someone’.

The mindless yobs responsible took the front covers off the lampposts, pulled the live wires out and re-attached the covers, leaving exposed wires hanging out at low level.

One resident in Knapp Avenue said: “It’s terrible. If you touched live wires like that it would take you out in a minute.”

Another resident in the road said children could have touched them and those responsible wanted ‘locking up’.

Sgt Andy Browning said he was shocked at the incident and had not seen anything like it before.

“It’s mindless criminal damage to be quite honest with you.

“It wasn’t premeditated. It was sheer vandalism,” he said.

“We can’t think of anything else it could have been. I’ve not seen anything like it before. It seems like a bit of a one-off.”

No materials were stolen from the lampposts and Sgt Auslin Duggins agreed he was also baffled as to the offender’s motive.

But he did say it looked like it had been done by someone with ‘electronic expertise and skill’.

“This is a very unusual incident indeed and I am at a loss as to why someone would want to cause this sort of damage with apparently nothing to gain,” he said.

“It looks like it’s been done by someone with a lot of knowledge about how to get into them and how to cause damage to the wiring.”

Scenes of Crime officers went to Knapp Avenue to take fingerprints and are now trying to locate the offenders through DNA samples.

Nottinghamshire County Council was called out to fix the lampposts. Traffic engineering manager Kevin Aldridge said he had added additional security to the door openings to deter any future incidents and said he would monitor the situation.

Sgt Duggins added: “This could have killed someone and I would urge anyone who knows who did this to get in touch to ensure this does not happen again.

“If anyone sees anything similar anywhere else, I would urge people to stay well away from any exposed wires and call the police immediately so that we can make the area safe.”

Anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 9999 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.