Gang sentenced to 23 years for stealing cables

A gang of eight men have been sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison for stealing metal cables from the West Midlands rail network.

The men, who are all Romanian nationals but were living in Birmingham, were filmed targeting rural stretches of line in Evesham in Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire.

They stole 6000 metres of cable which cost half a million pounds to replace. They all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal at Birmingham Crown Court.