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Critical gas pipe sections serving Port Talbot stolen

Officers in Port Talbot have found that metal is being stolen from a critical gas pipe servicing the local area.

This gas pipe is vital for the communities of Port Talbot and the Neath Valley, ensuring people can heat their homes and businesses can operate effectively. Damage to the pipeline must be avoided at all costs to keep the gas flowing safely to local homes and businesses. If the pipeline is not in full working order, local homes and businesses would be without the use of gas for a considerable period of time.

Theft of metal from any gas pipeline poses significant risk to life as damage to pipes can cause gas leaks or explosions. Natural gas is highly explosive and gas leaks can be detrimental to health.

The Port Talbot Neighbourhood Policing Team have the following advice for protecting your property from metal thieves:

  • Ensure your gates are locked and your property is secured
  • Restrict access to the roof by moving bins, water butts and tall trees away from the property. Lock ladders away in sheds, garages or compounds.
  • Remove any means of transporting stolen material, such as wheelbarrows or bikes.
  • Apply anti-climb paint to drainpipes and roof guttering to help restrict access to the roof.
  • Consider installing security lighting at your property.
  • Paint the lead with tar (makes removal difficult) or any other paint as this devalues the lead.
  • Carry out regular checks to roofs and gulleys.
  • Consider installing CCTV to cover the property with adequate monitoring and recording.
  • Encourage members of your community to keep a vigilant eye on your property and report any suspicious activity.

Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Jules Simpson said:

“We strongly discourage people from putting themselves at great risk by stealing metal from live gas pipes.

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“Not only are you breaking the law; you are risking serious harm or even death. We will identify and swiftly arrest those involved with the theft of these materials.”

If you have any information regarding the damaging of the gas pipes, please contact us at the one of the following means, quoting 2400042934:

Always call 999 in an emergency.

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