Two arrested by detectives probing railway cable thefts

DETECTIVES investigating a wave of cable thefts in Doncaster have carried out morning raids on the homes of two suspects.

The men – a 19-year-old from Bentley and a 33-year-old from Stainforth – were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal railway cable.

Both have been bailed until October, pending further inquiries.

Detective Inspector Mick Jackson, of British Transport Police’s dedicated Operation Leopard team which is taking action over the problem, said: “These arrests are part of ongoing work we are undertaking with Network Rail and local police forces to tackle this crime – work which is having a great effect.

“As part of our efforts to trace those responsible for cable theft we visit scrapyards in the area, as most cable thieves look for the quickest way to sell on the stolen goods. Scrapyards are one such method.”

He added: “We work closely with scrap yard owners to monitor any cable which is brought in and, with assistance from railway and telecoms experts, we can quickly identify stolen cable.

“The theft of cable has a direct impact on the everyday lives of the travelling public. It really is an attack on the community.

“The act of stealing cable is also an extremely dangerous crime which is costly to the rail industry and to the thousands of passengers who rely on the rail network.”

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

Anyone with information about cable theft can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or British Transport Police can be contacted directly by calling 0800 405040.