Man jailed for cable theft

A man from Birmingham, who stole cable and caused delays to thousands of passengers, including Great Britain's Olympic football team has been jailed for 18 months.

George Bogden Ilie, 20, targeted the East Coast mainline near to Great Ponton in Grantham on Tuesday 17th July.

On Wednesday 6th March 2013, Birmingham Crown Court heard that Ilie cut through signalling cable in an attempt to steal it, bringing the line and thousands of passengers travelling on it to a standstill.

Ilie didn't manage to get away with any cable, but his attempts resulted in several hours of delays and it cost Network Rail over £139,000.