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Rail misery for thousands after cable theft

Metal thieves caused chaos today by stealing cables from a line in Bedfordshire.

The theft affected the Midland Main Line just north of Flitwick - stopping services running between Bedford and Luton.

The effect was felt on services stretching almost 200 miles - as far south as Brighton, and as far north as Derby. Russell Hookey reports.

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Man electrocuted on railway line

Railway line near Benfleet in Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has died after he received an electric shock whilst trespassing on the railway in Essex.

The incident was reported at approximately 6 o'clock this morning, when a train driver reported damage to overhead power cables and a body lying close to the tracks between Benfleet and Leigh-on-Sea.

Emergency services attended the scene, where it was confirmed the person was deceased and that a live electrical cable carrying 25,000 volts had been cut.

British Transport Police are investigating the possibility that it's related to an attempted cable theft.

Dave Ward from Network rail had this warning: “This incident shows in the clearest possible terms the dangers of trespassing on the railway. Unfortunately this person has paid the ultimate price."

c2c services between London Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness have been severely disrupted.