A TEENAGER suffered an electric shock when he tried to steal copper cable attached to a live pylon.
The 19-year-old spent ten days in hospital with electrical burns after climbing the pylon in Holmewood, Chesterfield, to try and steal cable on September 24.
He was arrested last Sunday November 6 and admitted attempted theft before been given a police caution.
Police are now warning would-be thieves of the dangers of metal theft.
Sgt Lee Jones said: “Those who steal live cable are not only breaking the law they are also putting their lives at risk.
“It is a huge risk for a relatively small reward. We can’t stress enough how dangerous this type of crime is.”
The warning comes as part of a campaign to clampdown on metal thefts across the county.
Operation Calanthia tackles the growing problem of theft of metal such as copper, lead, iron and steel.
If you have information on metal theft contact Derbyshire police on 101.