Metal thieves strike again - services shut

Shut: Esso service station on Skircoat Road in Halifax hit by metal thieves
Shut: Esso service station on Skircoat Road in Halifax hit by metal thieves

THE scourge of the metal thieves has hit Halifax once again.

Ridings Sports Centre at Club Lane in Ovenden has been shut for more than two weeks after 30 metres of cabling was stolen.

It is understood the centre started suffering power cuts but staff did not know why until they realised the cable was missing.

A spokeswoman for Calderdale Council said the cable was taken a week last Friday.

It was being replaced today and tomorrow, and the centre was expected to re-open on Wednesday.

All the groups who use the centre had been informed.

Helen Fermoyle, who coaches netball teams Twinkles, Gems, Jewels and Sparkles, said she had been told all their fixtures would be moved to North Bridge Lesiure Centre unti the centre could re-open.

The adult team Sparkles usually trains at the centre every Thursday but their sessions have been cancelled for the last two weeks.

The junior team Twinkles used to train at Ridings Sports Centre but moved to Calderdale College when they were offered space there.

Meanwhile, Esso on Skircoat Road in Halifax town centre also had to shut after copper cabling was stolen.

A spokewoman for Esso said: “We can confirm the theft of some copper cabling at the Esso Halifax service station. As a result of the theft for safety reasons the site was immediately closed, and it will remain closed until new cabling is installed.

“We are working to re-open the site at the earliest opportunity and apologise for any inconvenience.”

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and West Yorkshire Police announced a purge on metal theft last month. The crime has seen manhole covers, lead from church roofs and even war memorials taken

Anyone with information about the thefts should call police via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.