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Energy saving solar lighting columns subjected to vandalism and theft

08 November 2019

Neath Port Talbot Council and South Wales Police are looking for thieves who vandalised and stole batteries plus a solar panel from three trial solar lighting columns.

Energy saving solar lighting columns subjected to vandalism and theft

The attacks on the experimental energy saving lighting columns were discovered at Helios Drive on the Baglan Energy Park on Wednesday, November 6th.

It is understood the theft and vandalism took place recently, and certainly over the past few weeks.

One of the metal lighting columns was cut off “at the neck” and batteries were stripped from storage boxes on all three lighting columns while a solar panel was also cut off and taken away.

A Council spokesman said: “It’s very disappointing to say the least to see these trial solar lighting columns broken up in this way. They were intended to save money and help the environment but our evaluation of them has been stopped and we will have to incur costs.”

The Council and South Wales Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the attacks or seen anyone acting suspiciously around the lighting columns recently.

Anyone with information about this should contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence: 1900409403

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