Recently 4 take away stores in Birmingham were discovered to be running on tampered meters, after the person responsible reported one of the meters because it had caught on fire.
The customer was then linked to other sites through Land Registry and our data team. A total of 4 sites were identified, with 8 tampered meters.
Police are now handling the investigation and progress towards prosecution is taking place.
If found guilty, the customer could be issued with a bill amounting to Â£100,000.
The below image shows that the teeth of the meter have been cut, allowing 50% of gas to pass for free.
Tampering with gas meters is incredibly dangerous and can result in severe injuries or even death.
Illegally modifying your meter can result in jail time – as it puts the lives of others in danger from a possible gas explosion.