A GANG of thieves who stole £150,000 of metal from Gloucestershire pylons were ordered to pay back just £1 each.
The seven men from South Wales were said to have gained £25,000 from the scrap metal they stole, but none had any assets.
Gloucester Crown Court heard they would each pay a nominal fee of £1 under the Proceeds of Crime Act as opposed to the £3,571.42 they were said to have each gained from their crime.
They were given 28 days to pay back the money, but more could be gained in the future, if any of the gang come into windfalls.
The gang, who were together jailed for 14 years in December, targeted 7km of cabling belonging to Western Power Distribution in Fromebridge near Whitminster in September 2010.
The thieves left the remaining overhead line hanging dangerously when they took 42 tonnes of cooper cabling from six towers.
Some 10,000 homes could have been affected by the stolen lines when the theft took place between September 16 and 17, 2010 had a back-up line not been in place.
During the hearing in December prosecutor Susan Cavender said the theft was one of 12 that took place between Stone and Lydney from August 2010 and January 2011.
But five of the men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal on the basis they just took part in one of the thefts.
Liam Murphy, 24, of Penarth, South Glamorgan who also admitted to possession of an offensive weapon, was jailed for 21 months; as was Paul Condick, 30, of Llandow Road in Cardiff and Nathan James, 35, of Heol Trelai, Ely, Cardiff.
Martyn Richards, 27, of Heol Poyston, Ely, Cardiff, who refused to come to the proceeds of crime hearing on Wednesday, and Stephen Phillips, 52, of Addicott Close in Cardiff, were given 30 months prison.
Scrap metal dealing brothers Vijay Chohan, 24, and Umur Chohan, 26, both of Grand Avenue in Cardiff both denied the offence, but were found guilty at trial and jailed for 24 months.