A POLICE investigation is under way into the attempted theft of cable from a railway junction in Sheffield.
A 20 metre length was cut and found abandoned at the side of the track near Meadowhall.
PC Andrew Cotton-Bailey, of British Transport Police, said: “A group of about six men were seen walking away from the railway junction opposite St. Lawrence Road, Tinsley.
“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 network.
“We work closely with scrapyard owners to monitor any cable which is brought in and, with assistance from railway and telecoms experts, quickly identify stolen cable.
“Technological and forensic advances are making life more difficult for cable thieves and helping us detect criminals.
“I would like to appeal to anyone with information to contact police - you could claim a £1,000 reward.
“We have also stepped up patrols in the area to deter criminals from carrying out these mindless attacks.”
The members of the group were aged 18 to 30.
Two were Asian and wore hooded tops.
One wore an American baseball cap and the other a black skull cap and a lightweight shower jacket.
Two were white with short blond hair and brown hair and one wore a green sweater. The others were mixed race.
n Anyone with information about the incident on Saturday, October 22, should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.