Reward put up to catch cable gang

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A PRICE has been placed on the heads of cable thieves who caused nearly two days of misery for train passengers.

A reward of up to £1,000 is on offer for information leading to a conviction, after cable theft in the Thorne area caused trains to be cancelled and delayed all day on Sunday and on Monday morning.

Railway police were called to the line close to Moorends Road level crossing at around 8.30am on Sunday following reports of signal failure in the area.

After inspecting the line, about 100m of cable was found to have been cut and taken from the location at several points, although it was later abandoned close to the scene.

A total of 80 train services were disrupted by the theft.

Officers are now conducting local inquiries into the incident, including viewing CCTV in the area and speaking to local residents. It is believed the incident took place between midnight and 8.30am on Sunday.

Insp Mick Jackson of British Transport Police, said: “This theft of cable from the railway line caused significant delays to services in the area, understandably causing frustration and anger for passengers.

“The Doncaster area has been a hotspot in terms of cable theft for quite some time now and our officers are determined to crack down on this type of crime.

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

“We work closely with scrapyard owners to monitor any cable brought in and, with assistance from railway and telecoms experts, can quickly identify stolen cable.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B5/NEA of 19/04/2011 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.