Two men have been arrested in Doncaster as British Transport Police continues the fight against cable theft.
The men, a 19-year-old from Bentley and a 33-year-old from Stainforth, were arrested in early morning raids at their home addresses on suspicion of conspiracy to steal railway cable.
The men have been bailed until Wednesday, 19 October pending further enquiries.
Detective Inspector Mick Jackson, of BTP’s dedicated Operation Leopard team, said:
“These arrests are part of ongoing work we are undertaking with Network Rail and local police forces to tackle this crime, work which is having a great effect.
“As part of our efforts to trace those responsible for cable theft we visit scrap yards in the area as most cable thieves look for the quickest way to sell on the stolen goods – scrap yards are one such method.”
He added: “We work closely with scrap yard 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 traveling 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 in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers, is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any cable thieves. Anyone with information about cable theft can call the independent charity Crimestoppers.