Thieves tear up rail track

DETECTIVES are investigating the theft of over three-quarters-of-a mile of rail track from the line in Tickhill, near Doncaster.

They believe the rail was taken in the two weeks leading up to Christmas from the Harworth Colliery branch rail line, near to Crooked Lane Head.

Det Con Ian Grice, of British Transport Police, said the theft was discovered when railway staff who checked the area noticed the missing rail.

A total of 1,400 yards weighing around 70 tonnes had been taken and it is thought a vehicle was used by the thieves to access the line and load the rail onto as tyre marks were found.

"This shows how determined some people are even during the festive period to steal from the railway property. We are currently conducting local enquiries into the incident including forensic analysis to track down those responsible," said DC Grice.

Anyone with any information should call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B8/NEA of 10/01/11.

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