BT and KC team up to tackle east Yorks metal theft
Internet service providers BT and KC have joined forces in an attempt to crack down on the theft of metal in Hull and east Yorkshire.
Incidences of metal theft have increased dramatically in recent years as the price of copper has spiralled, with thieves often targeting underground broadband cables and rail infrastructure.
Earlier this year, cables that formed part of BT and KC's local networks were stolen, leaving 1,600 homes and businesses in Tickton and Thorngumbald without home phone and broadband services.
In recent times, similar thefts have resulted in delays to train services, while a Hull KR Super League match was left in doubt last year after floodlight cables were stolen.
BT and KC are teaming up with Humberside Police, Hull City Council and local scrap metal merchants as they attempt to tackle the problem.
Sgt Julian Hart from Humberside Police insisted metal theft is not a victimless crime, as it affects properties and causes disruption to important services.
"Members of the community have an important part to play in tackling metal theft too, by reporting any suspicious behaviour, which might include someone pushing a wheelie bin or barrow filled with metal," he explained.