* bid to stop cable thefts

DOUBLE BLACKOUT: Crossley Lane resident Tony Shaw and the power lines which were targetted by thieves twice in a fortnight. (d20071105)

DOUBLE BLACKOUT: Crossley Lane resident Tony Shaw and the power lines which were targetted by thieves twice in a fortnight. (d20071105)

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neighbours are starting their own night watches after two cable thefts in two weeks caused thousands of pounds of damage.

Thieves cut an overhead electricity line in Crossley Lane in the early hours of Saturday June 25, causing a power surge which wrecked circuit boards in everything from televisions to electric gates.

And no sooner had residents started to get their lives back to normal than the same line was targeted again, on July 9, with the same devastating results.

Now householders have started patrolling the area overnight, claiming promised police patrols have not materialised, and are also angry that streetlights are still out a week after Kirklees Council said restoring them was “a priority”.

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Kirklees Council said it referred the lighting repair work to CE Electric UK, as the cables need replacing. A spokesman for the electricity company said they hoped to start the work on August 1.