Helicopter launched after electricity station break-in

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POLICE launched their helicopter in a bid to catch criminals who broke into an electricity sub-station.

Thieves raided Southern Electric’s site in Warblington Street, Old Portsmouth, at 7pm last Thursday in an attempt to steal copper cabling from the site. It was too dangerous for officers to enter the area until engineers arrived so the force’s helicopter was launched to try to track the suspects. But the thieves got away.

The electricity firm raised the alarm after people drinking at the Mary Rose pub spotted three men scaling the wall of the sub-station.

Officers arrived and two men were spotted trying to climb back over the wall of the sub-station.

A police spokesman said: ‘They saw police officers and went back behind the wall.’

Police recovered copper cables left behind by the crooks and are appealing for information.

One suspect was a white male with dark brown hair in his early 20s.

Call PC Andrew Sims at Southsea police station on 101.