THIEVES have stolen cable from more than 20 street lights across the Stockton borough.

Offenders have stolen copper and in some cases dug into the surrounding area to get at the cables leaving exposed wires.

Councillor Bob Cook, Stockton Borough Council's cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: "The theft of copper is unacceptable and by leaving live cables exposed the thieves are putting people living in the borough at serious risk.

"We are keen to find out who the perpetrators are and we are working closely with the police. "When we find these thieves we will prosecute.

"I'd like to ask residents to be vigilant and help us catch those responsible."

Anyone witnessing suspicious activity is asked to contact the lighting service on 01642-526769 or email