Rail cable thefts: police want help finding suspects for crimes near Rugby and across the Midlands

The thefts disrupted train services
The thefts disrupted train services

Detectives from British Transport Police want to hear about any suspicious vehicles or people in connection with a number of cable thefts around Rugby and across rural parts of the Midlands.

Officers are looking into a number of incidents between September and February.

Those responsible took enormous risk to themselves and rail passengers and staff

Det Const Sharon Starkey

They say “significant” amounts of cable were taken from railway property in the raids, causing extensive damage to the railway, and disruption to services.

The locations where cable was reported stolen from railway premises are:

Brandon Lane, Brandon, September 20

Stoney Road, Nuneaton, September 23

Muscott Lane, Muscott, Northamptonshire, October 27, October 28, January 25 and February 4

Harleston Road, Church Brampton, Northamptonshire, November 10 and November 13

Sunny View Farm, Long Lawford, November 19

Bishton Lane, Wolseley, Stafford, November 26

Alvecote Lane, Alvecote, Tamworth, November 27

Stourbridge Junction, Stourbridge, December 17

Skew Bridge, Dodford, Northamptonshire, January 25

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 MSUB/B9 of 16/03/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.