Ofgem, the energy watchdog, is urging power firms to tackle electricity theft more aggressively.

The regulator estimates that there are up to 25,000 cases of electricity theft per year, costing UK customers £200 million, or £7 each a year.

Among a series of proposals, Ofgem urges suppliers to set up a national theft-risk assessment service to target suspected electricity thieves.

Andrew Wright, Ofgem chief executive, said: ‘The reforms build on similar obligations we introduced at the start of this year for suppliers to address gas theft more vigorously.

‘All these measures will help to improve the confidence of consumers, who want reassurance that the energy market is fair.’

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