Arrest over lead theft

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POLICE have arrested a man spotted near a Calderdale train station where lead went missing on suspicion of metal theft.

Officers from British Transport Police say the 31-year-old from Ireland was seen placing lead into the back of a vehicle near Hebden Bridge railway station at around 3pm on Wednesday. A large amount of lead was stolen from the station roof the night before.

Inspector Mick Jackson said: “This arrest is part of ongoing work we are undertaking with Network Rail and local police forces to tackle this crime.

“As part of our efforts to trace those responsible for cable theft, we visit scrapyards as most metal thieves look for the quickest way to sell on the stolen goods – scrap yards are one such method.

“We work with scrapyard owners to monitor any cable and metal which is brought in and, with assistance from railway and telecoms experts, can identify stolen cable.

“The theft of cable and metal has a direct impact on the everyday lives of the travelling public; it really is an attack on the community. The act of stealing cable is also an extremely dangerous crime.”