Chainsaw Vandals Who Chopped Down Power Poles Slammed As 'Height Of Stupidity'
Homes were left without electricity over the weekend after "stupid" vandals attacked power poles with chainsaws, in a bizarre attack that has left authorities stumped.
“It is the height of stupidity to cut down a power pole carrying live powerlines, we are incredibly lucky nobody was killed or seriously injured,” said Ausgrid Chief Operating Officer Trevor Armstrong.
Two poles at Fiddletown, in the north of Sydney, were cut down on Friday night. Images of the damage show clean cuts through the thick wooden poles, leading investigators to suspect they were deliberately attacked with chainsaws.
Ausgrid emergency crews found the bizarre scene when they responded to Bloodwood Road on Friday, after reports of power outages in the area. Authorities were already being kept busy on the night after high winds and wild weather, but this was more hassle and danger that could have been avoided.
“I can’t state enough just how dangerous and irresponsible this behaviour is," Armstrong said on Monday.
“It is incredibly disappointing we need to spend resources on fixing unnecessary and criminal damage like this, especially on a weekend when our emergency crews were already busy responding to wind damage."
Emergency crews had to negotiate high-voltage power lines to clean up the mess, with new replacement poles installed on Sunday. The wires are still being restrung.
“This caused a significant amount of damage to the local network and I’d like to personally thank the crews who have worked so hard to rectify this needless damage so quickly," Armstrong said.
Ausgrid said they had referred the matter to police, and urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.