-Criminals move on to roads after ransacking the rail network
-Motorists forced to drive on highways without lighting
November 30, 2011
Scrap-metal thieves are now targeting Britain’s roads, plunging entire sections of motorways and dual carriageways into darkness because street lighting cables have been stolen.
Motorists’ lives are being put at serious risk as they are forced to negotiate highways without any lighting or – in some cases – crucial road signs.
The thieves have turned their attention to roads after plundering the country’s rail network for copper cables which are highly valuable on world markets.
(…) Last month a stretch of a dual carriageway more than a mile long in Leeds suffered a blackout after more than £200,000 of street lighting cable was stolen.