Ex-soldier dies trying to steal electric cable

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A MAN died after he was electrocuted while apparently attempting to steal electric cable.

The body of 29-year-old Brent Campbell, of Tuxford Crescent, Lundwood, Barnsley, was discovered by electricity engineers called out to investigate the cause of a power cut which affected more than 2,000 homes the previous evening.

His 51-year-old father, Shaun Stewart, of Hoyle Mill, was take to hospital suffering from burns but has since been discharged.

He has been arrested by police on suspicion of attempted theft and bailed pending further enquiries.

An inquest into his son’s death was opened yesterday.

Brent, a former soldier, was found behind Tyers Hall Far, Darfield, in the early hours of Tuesday.

Cards left among floral tributes on the step outside his home, include one which reads: “Daddy, you are my world, love you lots, love Myah.”

Another reads: “Brent, you were my world, my dad, we’ll always love and remember you, love Alexi and Georgia.”

One emotional tribute, describing Brent as ‘the bestest friend’, read: “You have left a big hole in our hearts. Words will never describe how much we will miss you.

“You were the most honest hard working, kindest person we will ever know. Love you forever, miss you forever.”

Chief Superintendent Bill Hotchkiss, responsible for the South Yorkshire Police response to metal theft, said: “All forces in the region understand and acknowledge the damage caused to business and social infrastructures as a result of cable theft.

“We are tackling the issue in conjunction with partners and through local safer neighbourhood teams who visit scrap metal dealers on a regular basis.

“Patrol officers have also been made aware of the importance of the issue, with bespoke guides to improve investigative opportunities and increase arrests. We also utilise court ‘victim impact statements’ outlining the true cost and impact of metal theft upon business and our communities.”