DETECTIVES from British Transport Police (BTP) want to hear about any suspicious vehicles or people in connection with a number of cable thefts across rural parts of the Midlands since last autumn.
Officers are looking into 13 separate incidents between September last year and February – seven in Northamptonshire; three in Warwickshire; and two in Staffordshire; and one in the West Midlands.
Significant amounts of cable were taken from railway property in the raids, causing extensive damage to the railway, and disruption to services.
Officers know one of the thefts occurred at Alvecote, near Tamworth, on 27 November last year, when cable was removed illegally from a Network Rail depot. BTP seeks more information on 12 other incidents.
Other locations where cable was reported stolen from railway premises:
- Brandon Lane, Brandon, Coventry: 20 September
- Stoney Road, Nuneaton: 23 September
- Muscott Lane, Muscott, Northamptonshire: 27 October, 28 October, 25 January and 4 February 2015
- Harleston Road, Church Brampton, Northamptonshire: 10 November and 13 November
- Sunny View Farm, Long Lawford, Rugby: 19 November
- Bishton Lane, Wolseley, Stafford: 26 November
- Alvecote Lane, Alvecote, Tamworth: 27 November
- Stourbridge Junction, Stourbridge: 17 December
- Skew Bridge, Dodford, Northamptonshire: 25 January
Detective Constable Sharon Starkey said: “I can’t be sure when some of the thefts took place, which is why I need the public’s help in reporting anything they saw that wasn’t quite right on or around particular dates over the past few months.
“Those responsible took enormous risk to themselves and rail passengers and staff when removing the cable. Every offence I am investigating happened on high speed rail lines.
“I want to hear from anyone with information that could help our investigation.”
Anyone with information on any of these incidents should contact British Transport Police, on 0800 405040, or by text, to 61016, quoting reference B9/MSUB of 13 March 2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.