Arrests made in cable theft crackdown

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MORE arrests have been made as police continue to crackdown on metal and cable thefts across the borough.

Wayne Besley, 30, who lives outside the area was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after being charged with theft after attempting to steal copper piping from a town centre pub.

Two men aged 18, were arrested in Denaby suspected of stealing lead from the roof of a church. They have been charged with theft and released on bail and are due to attend Doncaster Magistrates Court later this week.

Four men were also arrested in Kirk Bramwith near Stainforth suspected of stealing telephone cable from the ground. They are all currently on police bail.

The arrests come after BT named Doncaster as a national hotspot for thieves stealing phone cables which was costing the phone giant millions of pounds to replace.

Since January there have been more than 53 cable attacks in Doncaster affecting areas including Lindholme, Hatfield and Fishlake and leaving hundreds isolated.

Chf Insp Ian Bint said: “Metal thefts across the borough continue to be an issue. We are conducting a number of operations and these arrests show we are getting some positive results.

“However, we still need the public’s assistance to help us catch these thieves. I would urge all members of the public to contact us if they see anything suspicious or suspect anybody of stealing metal.”

Call police on 0114 220 2020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.