British Transport Police is appealing for information after officers found badly burnt clothes at the scene of a rail cable theft.
Around 20 metres of cable was stolen in the Theydon Bois area of Essex on Sunday morning. Officers believe the charred clothing, a blue coat and woolly hat, could belong to someone who was seriously burnt during the theft and are urging the person to seek immediate medical attention.
"After ... an initial search at the scene we recovered some badly charred clothing and are clearly very concerned that someone may have been seriously injured.".. we have the possibility, as a worst-case scenario, that somebody has been electrocuted and is currently unaccounted for."I would encourage anybody who has a friend or relative who may not yet have returned home, or who has unusual or unaccounted for burn injuries to contact us as soon as possible."Accessing prohibited parts of the railway is extremely dangerous and anyone with injuries should seek medical attention immediately."
– Detective Inspector Andy Winters, British Transport Police
BT is to tackle cable theft by using new technology to constantly monitor their network and detect disconnections. The Rapid Assessment Bt Incident Tracker - or Rabit - will make thieves think again, according to its makers. A trial has already forced thieves to flee empty-handed in Essex.