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Men jailed over 30 railway cable thefts in Warwickshire

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Media captionCCTV captures the moment four men steal railway cable from the Nuneaton area (Footage from Hartshill Sidings on 30 March 2011)

Four men who stole 1,200m of railway cable in Warwickshire have been jailed.

All four, from Nuneaton, had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal cable from the railway around Nuneaton.

Flame Redshaw, 20, of Stanley Road, and George Brunozzi-Jones, 22, of Lutterworth Road, were each jailed for three years.

Dominic Wallis, 23, of Dryden Close, was jailed for 19 months, while John Gowland, 26, of Heath End Road, was given three-and-a-half years.

Warwickshire Justice Centre heard the four men had caused about 500 hours of delays to trains in the area between August 2010 and March 2011.

The court was told the men were responsible for 30 cable offences over six months.

Network Rail paid more than £200,000 for repairs and fines to train companies, as a result of delays.

In sentencing, Judge Marten Coates said a "deterrent was clearly needed".

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