Desperate thieves are dicing with death for the sake of a few pounds worth of scrap metal.
Criminals hunting for copper and loose wires have attacked electricity substations in Lewes seven times in the past month.
In one case thieves caused £800 of damage when they stole copper worth just £22.
In another incident about 1,700 homes lost power when the network was interfered with.
Other stolen items included five generator leads, essential safety earthing equipment and more copper worth about £57.
The damage has prompted an urgent public appeal by the county’s power distributor.