Doncaster cable thief sent to jail

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A Doncaster man who stole cable from the railway line in Barnby Dun has been jailed following a British Transport Police investigation.

Michael Manton, aged 46, of Station Road, Norton, was sentenced to 12 months at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempted theft and converting criminal property.

Terry Scott, aged 26, of Broadway, Goole, was jailed for two years after admitting theft, attempted theft, perverting the course of justice, converting criminal property and producing cannabis.

The court heard the pair attempted to cut railway cable from the line close to Thorpe Bank, in the early hours of September 6 last year.

After signal failure was reported, BTP officers discovered cable had been disturbed and cut in several locations. A white Peugeot van, containing cutting tools, was also found close by and traced to Scott’s address.

The following week 350 metres of recently replaced cable was stolen from the line causing a circuit failure. The thefts cost £31,000.

A search of the men’s homes uncovered cable sheathings and tools, and cannabis plants being cultivated under artificial lighting.