Vandals disrupt power supplies near Ballymena
Vandals have left more than 1,000 residents near Ballymena without electricity.
They broke into a station distributing power to homes on Tuesday night and damaged equipment and locks with a hatchet, as well as cutting down and burning an electricity pole.
Householders in Ballykeel and the Larne Road were left without supplies. Most were restored within half-an-hour but some had to wait until the early hours of yesterday morning.
Roy Coulter, safety manager at Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), said: “Thousands of volts of electricity run through this equipment so the risk of electrocution was extremely high. We cannot stress strongly enough the danger of this type of deliberate damage.”