Energy criminals get cuffed after almost 2,000 tip-offs

An anonymous tip-off service for the public to report energy crime received almost 2000 pieces of information in 2017. Crimestopper’s Stay Energy Safe initiative allows people to ring in and bring attention to issues such as electricity theft, meter tampering or dangerous wiring. It aims to help avoid the financial losses and safety risks that […]

Tip-off service sees energy crime reports double

A campaign from Crimestoppers has seen the number of energy crimes being reported double in the last six months. Since the ‘stayenergysafe’ service was launched a year ago, the independent charity has received more than 2,000 pieces of information on illegal activities such as stealing power, tampering with meters and installing dangerous equipment. The anonymous […]

Waste criminal jailed for six months

A woman has been sentenced to six months imprisonment after storing waste illegally. Hull Crown Court ruled Nessa Anne Thompson of Thompson Waste Recycling Ltd put the Scunthorpe community and environment at risk. She pled guilty to two offences and was disqualified from being a director for a period of seven years. A waste site at Winterton […]

Tip-off service opens to combat energy theft

A tip-off service has been created to combat the increasing problem of energy theft. As part of Crimestoppers’ ‘Stay Energy Safe Campaign’, the crime-reporting call centre has teamed up with data and governance firm Electralink to open the Stay Energy Safe Helpline. This is a free phone line that members of the public can anonymously call and report suspected energy […]

Slavery investigation at two UK recycling plants

Two West Midlands recycling plants are being investigated for modern slavery offences. Three men have been arrested after police searches at CAP Recycling in West Bromwich and sister firm Black Country Recycling in Oldbury yesterday discovered six Polish men suspected of being victims of slave labour. The men were reportedly working for as little as […]

Fraudulent waste boss gets seven years in the bin

A Leeds waste operator has been jailed for seven and a half years for defrauding the electrical waste recycling industry out of £2.2 million. Terence Solomon Dugbo was given the record sentence for such a crime, after a major investigation into his company TLC Recycling Limited. Dugbo falsely claimed the firm had recycled more than […]

Power theft now a ‘more serious’ crime

Electricity theft will be considered a “more serious” offence under new sentencing guidelines. They include specific advice for judges and magistrates passing sentence for illegal abstraction of electricity for the first time as it presents an “obvious danger of injury to the public”. The new guidelines published by the Sentencing Council aims to provide a […]

Blog: Sometimes crime does pay…

It’s been three months since he’s stepped out of prison and he’s already landed a high-profile public job. Yes, I’m referring to none other than the infamous and disgraced former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne. He committed a crime back in 2003 when his now ex-wife Vicky Pryce took speeding points for him in fear he […]