Detective Sergeant Chris Hearn says it was one of the biggest investigations he has ever worked on, and the men sentenced for stealing railway lines and sleepers had no care for the railway whatsoever.
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Police have released CCTV in a bid to catch the thieves who raided a children's play centre, taking money from collection boxes and a till.
A 26-year-old man was stabbed to death in Aldridge overnight.
Large quantities of Class A drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, were seized during raids.