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A strong warning has been issued by police about the dangers of trespassing on railways after a boy died at a depot in Northamptonshire.
11-year-old Harrison Ballantyne suffered serious electrical burns at Daventry International Freight Terminal on Tuesday 27 June 2017.
He was with four friends at the time and it is still not known how they came to be on the tracks.
Superintendent Chris Hodgkiss, British Transport Police:
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Two metal thieves caused more than half a million pounds worth of disruption when they stole cabling worth £43 from the East Coast Mainline, British Transport Police have said.
Richard Yates, 26, and Dean March, 42, of Boughton, Nottinghamshire, stole 80 metres of signalling cable near Retford on April 12.
Yates was arrested a day after the theft while weighing in stolen cable at a local metal dealer for which he received £43.45.
Officers said the theft caused 'huge disruption' to mainline services and affected approximately 129 trains, which amounted to more than 2,900 minutes of delays to the rail industry at a cost of more than £581,000.
Yates pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to 26 months in prison at Nottingham Crown Court while March also pleaded guilty and received a 36-month sentence, officers said.
Both March and Yates targeted one of the busiest railway lines in the country, the East Coast Mainline, which resulted in travel disruption and misery for thousands of passengers that day.
The irony is that despite risking their lives and their liberty, they only received £43 and now are facing a number of years behind bars.
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British Transport Police is stepping up patrols on services on the Robin Hood Line between Nottingham and Worksop this evening.
Officers will be travelling on services from this weekend following a successful operation last year which resulted in significant reductions in anti-social and drunken behaviour on the trains.
Sergeant Ian Wright, said: “We are undertaking these increased patrols following reports from rail staff and passengers on these services about a small number of people acting inappropriately, and impacting on the journeys of others."
Detectives are trawling through CCTV footage from Birmingham New Street to try to track down a man who groped a number of women at the station on Wednesday.
The man got off at the station at around 6.30pm, and spent an hour roaming the station, using the bustling crowds as a cover while he touched women inappropriately.
They have also urged anyone who thinks they spotted the culprit, or were assaulted, to come forward.
CCTV footage of a man wanted in connection with the investigation has now been released.
Unwanted sexual behaviour of any kind on the railway is not tolerated and we take all allegations extremely seriously.
We want victims of crime to feel confident that they can come forward and speak it to BTP in total confidence.
This is a very clear image, and I am sure there will be someone out there who recognises the man.
If you have any information which can assist detectives in this investigation, please come forward.
A man who sexually assaulted a number of women while lurking around Birmingham New Street station for around an hour is being hunted by police.
The man got off a train from London Euston at around 6.30pm and followed several women around the station, taking the opportunity to touch them inappropriately in the busy crowds.
Detectives have now released CCTV footage of a man they believe may have information about the attacks, which happened on Wednesday.
He left New Street at around 7.30pm, boarding a train headed to Manchester Piccadilly.
A train driver has taken a photograph of youths playing near a railway line in Leicester after he was forced to apply the emergency brake after one of them ran onto the tracks.
The photo was taken on Monday 17th June at around 5.30pm near Ashlyns Rise in Leicester.
British Transport Police say the group of around six or seven youths risked their lives.
A new text number has been launched by British Transport Police which allows rail passengers to report incidents via their mobile phones.
Travellers will be able to use the 61016 number to report anti-social behaviour, similar to the 101 non emergency numbers used by the police.
The number will be monitored around the clock and has the capacity to send police to a scene if required.
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