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Men sentenced for stealing railway lines

The West Coast Main Line being upgraded in 2008 when the metal and sleepers were stolen Photo: ITV Central

Five men who abused their positions as railway contractors to steal up to £1.5 million of track and railway sleepers, have been jailed for a total of 11 years and 9 months.

Two other men were also given suspended sentences of 21 months for their involvement.

John Burtenshaw, Terence Doherty, Neil Jones, Stuart Amphett, Nicky Halloran, Paul Tandon and Roy Skinner were all sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court this morning.

The court heard that Terry Doherty conspired with John Burtenshaw to steal railway track and sleepers while upgrade work was being carried out by Network Rail on the West Coast Mainline in and around Rugby.

An investigation by British Transport Police found that Doherty and Burtenshaw used their position to steal up 3,500 tonnes of rail track worth up to £1.5m.