Police are hunting thieves who attempted to steal railway cables two nights in a row - causing major delays across Sheffield.
Cable was cut on two consecutive nights in locations near to Shireoaks Train Station.
They first struck just before midnight on Thursday, June 1, when rail workers disturbed a group of men on a foot crossing near the station. The men fled but left trailers, bikes and cut cable at the scene.
The following day cable was cut near to Shireoaks Junction at 10.15pm, which affected trains on the Worksop to Sheffield and Worksop to Nottingham lines.
Thieves also targeted the same scene two years ago.
Detective Constable Gavin Buck, of British Transport Police, said: “We have launched an investigation being run by a dedicated team of officers. We are also in the process of forensically examining items left by the would-be thieves at the scene.
“We are doing all we can to find those responsible, but I would like to urge members of the public to be vigilant and report any information, including suspicious people or vehicles near the railway, which may help us stop such crimes taking place and catch those responsible.
“The railway is also an extremely dangerous environment and anyone who risks their lives - while disrupting those of others - by carrying out this sort of crime needs to be found. "
He added: “Cable theft is not a victimless crime – far from it. Train delays and cancellations directly affect people getting to work, visiting family and travelling to hospital appointments.”
Contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.