1. ITV Report

Disruption for thousands of commuters after theft of Metro cable

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Thousands of commuters in South Tyneside faced delays on the Tyne and Wear Metro after thieves took off with cable.

Police have issued an appeal for information.

It happened in the South Drive area of Hebburn during Tuesday night.

Thieves made away with a substantial amount of cable, causing a fault in the system.

As a result, significant travel disruption has been caused across South Tyneside with trains between Pelaw and South Shields cancelled as engineers carry out repairs.

Enquiries are ongoing and police are now urging anybody with information about the theft to come forward and help with the investigation.

Sergeant Tim Hand, of Northumbria Police’s Metro Unit, said:

We always take this type of theft very seriously and are now urging the public to help us with the ongoing investigation.

I would like to reiterate the dangers of interfering with live cables on the tracks. They are handling live wires, which could cause serious burns or injuries.

Such offences also cause a huge amount of disruption, and we are working closely with our partners at Nexus to tackle this issue and bring offenders to justice.”

– Sergeant Tim Hand
The reward Nexus are offering for information leading to the conviction of the people responsible.

Nexus are offering a £1,000 cash reward for information leading to the conviction of the people or persons responsible for the cable theft.