Man suffers severe burns trying to steal live cable
A thief who gave himself an electric shock and severe burns while trying to steal live cable has been jailed for 27 months.
Mark Lawrence Blay was hospitalised after cutting into an electricity cable carrying 11,000 volts. The incident left him with deep burns to his left hand.
British Transport Police (BTP) said its officers were called to Pontyclun railway station, south Wales, following a report of an attempted cable theft from under a railway river bridge.
BTP officers found burnt clothing, tools and a rucksack and forensic analysis confirmed the presence of Blay's DNA.
"It was discovered Blay had been admitted to Royal Glamorgan Hospital with severe burns and skin loss to his left hand before being transferred to Morriston Hospital's burns unit," a BTB spokesman said.
The attempted theft resulted in loss of power for about an hour to 2,400 Western Power customers, a court heard.