A BLITZ on cable thieves is underway in West Yorkshire.
British Transport Police are carrying out a two-week operation dedicated to stopping people stealing railway cable.
Additional officers will be called in to provide high visibility patrols day and night at known hotspots.
Chief Inspector David Oram said, “The price of copper on world markets continues to drive the demand for cable, which has resulted in an increase in the number of incidents of cable theft on the railway.
“It’s costing the industry and the wider economy millions of pounds and that figure is rising.
“More and more culprits and scrap metal dealers are being caught, and in the past 12 months we have arrested over 200 people in the North East alone. We’re pushing hard to make sure they face the toughest possible sentences in relation to this crime but thieves are still willing to risk their lives for £50 in their pocket.
“A number of cable thieves have been badly injured or burnt attempting to steal cable and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets electrocuted or struck by a train and killed.
“Cable theft is far from a victimless crime and, aside from the cost to the industry, causes misery and major issues for countless people whose journeys are delayed.”
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