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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There are a number of school closures across the Midlands today. Parents are advised to contact schools directly if they are unsure.