Three men arrested after rail cable theft

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THREE men from Doncaster have been arrested and a vehicle seized after sic feet of railway cable was stolen.

Officers were due to question the trio, aged 42, 32 and 30 today in connection with the theft in Goole at around 11.35pm last night.

Detective Chief Inspector Derek O’Mara of British Transport Police said: “There is a common assumption that cable theft is a victimless crime, with the only effects being felt by the railway industry. This is not the case.

“Theft of cable can, and does, cause significant delays and cancellations to the rail industry – as well as costing the industry millions of pounds each year but these delays have a considerable impact on the lives of people who rely on the railway to go about their business and can result in people missing vital appointments, flights and meetings.

“Important services can also see disruption as a knock on effect, as key individuals, such as doctors, are left stranded on stationary trains.

“Stealing railway cable is incredibly dangerous. It presents severe dangers to those who trespass on the line and who are putting their lives at risk. A number of people have been badly injured or burnt attempting to steal cable and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets electrocuted or struck by a train and killed.”

Network Rail, working in partnership with charity Crimestoppers, is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any cable thieves.

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.