A SPECIALIST team of police officers has been set up in Mexborough to target metal and cable thieves.
The move comes after Network Rail recently admitted track-side cable thefts have reached epidemic proportions in the region, with up to five daily attacks in the North East.
Locally, police have seen a steady increase this year in such incidents across Doncaster due to the fact that metal, particularly copper and lead, has substantially increased in value.
Police have launched several high-profile operations this year in an attempt to halt metal and cable thefts which cause nightmare distruptions on the railways for commuters.
Now, the force has drafted in five officers from the Barnsley district, three of which are to be based at Mexborough, to specifically target metal thieves.
Chief Inspector Neil Thomas said: “Due to a restructure across the Force, five officers from Barnsley will be coming over to Doncaster with three of them being based in Mexborough.
“We have also set up a dedicated team of officers to work on metal and cable thefts across Doncaster.
“These officers will be based in Mexborough for a period of time, before moving to other areas across the borough.”
The move has been welcomed by community leaders in Mexborough.
Former police officer Frank Knapton MBE said: “I think its great that more officers are to be based in the town.
“It is a major problem that they will be targeting.”
Anybody with information about metal and cable thefts or to report suspicious behaviour please contact South Yorkshire Police on 01142 202020.