More trains delayed by cable thefts

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MORE than 100 trains were held up by the latest attempt to steal valuable cable from railway lines near Doncaster.

A reward of up to £1,000 is on offer for information about cable thieves who struck on the main East Coast line near Arksey foot crossing.

The incident took place off Marsh Lane around 6pm last Wednesday and the disruption caused significant delays to rail services and misery for many passengers who suffered significant delays.

Richard Lungmuss, route director for Network Rail, said: “The theft of cable is a constant drain on our resources and cause of considerable disruption to rail passengers.

“This latest incident affected more than 100 trains and, although no services were cancelled, passengers were disrupted throughout the afternoon and evening. Our engineers worked through the night to restore services by the following morning.

“Attacks like these are not acceptable. We are already carrying out considerable work to deter thieves and to respond to incidents quickly in order to minimise delay and will continue to support BTP in seeking the toughest penalties.”

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.

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or anyone with information about cable theft should contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 background reference B9/NEA of 31/01/2011.

Det Insp Granville Sellers said: “As part of efforts to trace those responsible for cable theft we work closely with scrapyard owners to monitor any cable which is brought in and, with assistance from railway and telecoms experts, can quickly identify stolen cable.”