POLICE in Omagh are investigating damage to two live electricity poles and the theft of valuable copper wiring at Gortin Glens Forest
It is believed that the electrical poles were hacked down and the wiring stolen sometime between Sunday, April 1 and the morning of Monday, April 2.
The poles, which provided power in the forest park, were located behind the Glens cottage.
Sean Harpur, from local walking group, Friends of the Glens described the incident as “disappointing” and “extremely dangerous”.
“I think the people that did it are clean mad,” he said. “How low can you go to steal copper from a local forest park?
“The copper cables are very valuable. I’d say that they have been there this last 50 years.”
He added, “I think what happened is they got up on top of a metal container which stores things for the cottage, and pulled the live cables down with a brush. Then they cut the cables with a cutter and removed the copper. This knocked off the power.
“By doing this, the person or persons risked their lives and the lives of the public.
“It is an extremely disappointing incident, and one which could have cost someone their life.”
Officers have appealed to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact them in Omagh on 101 quoting reference number 374 02/04/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.