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Metal thieves cause half a million pound rail disruption with £43 cable theft

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.

Theft of £43 disrupted 129 trains on the East Coast Mainline Credit: PA Images

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.

– Detective Inspector Mick Dawes from British Transport Police


Police patrols stepped up on train services this evening

British Transport Police presence will be increased on the Robin Hood Line Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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."

CCTV used in hunt for New Street sex assault suspect

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.

– DC Tim Friend, British Transport Police

Railway station pervert hunted by police

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.

This man is wanted in connection with a series of sexual assaults at Birmingham New Street Credit: British Transport Police

He left New Street at around 7.30pm, boarding a train headed to Manchester Piccadilly.

Train driver takes pic of boys playing near tracks

Picture taken by train driver shortly after a youth ran out in front of his train in Leicester Credit: British Transport Police

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.


New text number for rail passengers to report crime

The new text number: 61016 Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

MP calls for more to be done to make level crossings safer

The local MP, John Mann, has called for more to be done to make the level crossings safer.

A four-year-old girl and a woman were struck by a train yesterday in North Nottinghamshire.

They were travelling in a car. The four-year-old was rushed to hospital and this morning, died from her injuries.

The driver, a 67-year-old woman was taken to hospital with neck injuries and bruising. She remains in hospital, in a stable condition this afternoon.

The train was travelling from Lincoln to Doncaster. It didn't de-rail but was damaged by the collision. No passengers were hurt.

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