Thief may have serious injuries

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Police in Fife say they are “very concerned” for the safety of someone who may be burned or suffering severe internal injuries, following an explosion this morning (Monday) in an electricity sub-station in Methil.

They believe the person could be seriously injured after trying to steal electrical cable around 2am, resulting in the power being cut and a number of houses and businesses losing supply.

Inspector Donald Jenks, at Levenmouth Police Station, said: “Investigations by Scottish Power has found attempts had been made to cut through an 11,000 volt mains cable which subsequently shorted out, causing an explosion and a failure of the supply.

“On examining the damage at the site of the incident, the Scottish Power engineer fully expected to find the person responsible to have been electrocuted.

“Police have conducted a thorough search in the area to ensure there is nobody in need of assistance. It is highly likely the person responsible for cutting this cable will have been badly burned or suffered an electrical shock. We would ask them to seek medical assistance as a matter of urgency.”

Inspector Jenks added: “An electric shock of this magnitude could have caused significant internal injuries that might not be immediately apparent. Our initial enquiries are to ensure the safety of the person responsible.

“If you have any information that would help us identify this person, please call us on 101.”