After leading the campaign in Parliament to change the laws alongside the Energy Networks Association I am delighted that the toughness of the new legislation shows that taking a robust, no nonsense approach to crime works.
Electricity North West have scooped a national accolade for our successful fight to crack down on dangerous metal theft in the region.
After trialling new pioneering technology and working with local police forces, British Transport Police and other partners, Electricity North West have helped to reduce metal theft crime by 50 percent and the number of crimes by more than 300 this year across the north west.
The National Metal Theft Awards, organised by the National Metal Theft Taskforce, crowned Electricity North West as the winner of the crime reduction category due to our tireless commitment in putting a stop to thieves stealing metal from substations and overhead powerlines.
We also celebrated two milestones in our metal theft crackdown last year, including 20 arrests during a Greater Manchester Police raid at scrap metal dealers and the sentencing of five men for more than 20 years for stealing from the power network.