Vandals cut power to 3,000 homes

The electricity substation at Edgeworthstown was targeted by vandals on Monday. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Over 3.000 homes in the Edgeworthstown area were left without power when a conductor was stolen and electricity poles damaged at an ESB substation in the town on Monday night.

Over 3.000 homes in the Edgeworthstown area were left without power when a conductor was stolen and electricity poles damaged at an ESB substation in the town on Monday night.

The vast majority of customers had their power restored soon after as ESB crews continued to repair the remaining faults yesterday afternoon.

Local firms C&D Foods and animal feed manufacturers Paul & Vincent both confirmed to the Leader they were still without electricity on Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson from the ESB, meanwhile, warned of the dangers posed by such incidents.

He said the theft of conductors and damage to electricity poles was “a highly dangerous and illegal activity,” revealing that the Gardaí had also been notified.

“Not only are the perpetrators putting their lives at risk, they are also endangering the public with this activity.”

Longford-Westmeath TD Robert Troy condemned the incident yesterday morning describing it as ‘reckless and dangerous.’

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the local Gardaí or telephone 1850 373999.