FIVE suspected cable thieves from Doncaster have been detained in separate swoops by railway police as their latest crackdown takes effect.
Two Bentley men, aged 35 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of theft after they were found stripping stolen cable at an address in Bentley. They were both bailed pending further enquiries.
In a separate incident, three Doncaster men were arrested on suspicion of railway cable theft in Goole at the weekend.
The trio, aged 42, 32 and 30, were caught after about 6ft of railway cable was found cut in Goole at 11.35pm on Sunday.
A vehicle believed to be involved in the attempted theft was also seized and all three men were held in custody.
The arrests were made as British Transport Police aim to raise awareness of the issue of cable theft in the Doncaster area through a leaflet campaign.
Thousands of residents will be receiving a leaflet through their doors highlighting the effects of cable theft in their community – a hotspot for cable crime – and warning of the dangers and punishment.
Det Chf Insp Derek O’Mara, who heads a team of officers dedicated to tackling cable theft in Yorkshire, said: “We want people to be aware what effect cable theft can have on their lives. 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.
“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.”
Despite police arresting more offenders and carrying out successful raids on scrapyards, offences continue to rise in line with the price of copper.
A reward of up to £1,000 is on offer to people who provide confidential information about railway cable theft which results in a conviction.
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or BTP on 0800 405040.