Men quizzed over theft

TW0 men have been arrested by police in the ongoing fight against cable theft from the county’s railway.

A 34-year-old, from Maltby, and a 42-year-old, from Clifton, were arrested near to Tinsley Marshalling Yard.

Officers from British Transport Police said they went to the yard after reports of a theft in progress.

Detective Inspector Mick Jackson warned thieves the crackdown would continue.

He said: “These arrests are part of ongoing work we are undertaking with Network Rail and local police forces to tackle this type of crime, work which is having a great effect.

“As part of our efforts to trace those responsible for cable theft we visit scrapyards in the area as most cable thieves look for the quickest way to sell on the stolen goods – scrapyards are one such method.

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

“The theft of cable has a direct impact on the everyday lives of the travelling public - it really is an attack on the community.

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

Network Rail, working with Crimestoppers, is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of cable thieves.

n Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or British Transport Police on 0800 405040.