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Power cut-offs for rogue operators

Blackpool Town Hall

Blackpool Town Hall

  • by Shelagh Parkinson
 

A CRACKDOWN on rogue operators has seen another eight venues in Blackpool have their electricity cut off.

Officers raided 16 premises in areas including Dickson Road, the Promenade, Vicarage Lane and Ansdell Road.

The action, carried out by power supplier Electricity North West and Blackpool Council environmental health officers, is aimed at tackling businesses where meters have been tampered.

Inspectors found evidence of meters having been interfered with at nine of the 16 premises they visited.

Eight of the nine offending venues, which have not been named, had their electricity cut off by Electricity North West.

Karen Ainsworth, revenue protection manager for Electricity North West, said: “The joint operation was a huge success and it should act as a warning to other businesses and residents who have tampered with their electricity.

“We take meter tampering very seriously and electricity abstraction is a criminal offence which puts the safety of tenants, businesses and the general public at great risk.

“We will continue to crack down on local businesses.”

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing and public protection at Blackpool Council, added: “This is a serious offence which can be dangerous and puts the public at risk.

“We will continue to work with Electricity North West to stamp out this problem in Blackpool.”

The latest action follows on from a similar crackdown earlier this month when 12 late night premises at locations around Blackpool including Queens Square, Central Drive and Talbot Road, were raided.

Of the dozen searched, nine had evidence of meters being tampered with.

Anyone with information on illegal connections can call (01772) 848229 or visit www.enwl.co.uk/safety-and-incident-reporting.

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