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Energy theft on the rise

A growing number of people are choosing to steal their gas and electricity as energy prices increase, the BBC has reported.

For some it comes down to being cash-strapped, but others are prepared to cheat the system while also endangering the lives of neighbours.

There is also an increasing number of people willing to offer a service to tamper with meters for a charge of between £10-£500.

British Gas head of revenue protection Mark Andrews estimates that £500m-worth of energy is stolen each year which he believes adds around £30 to customers’ bills.

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