Coventry & Warwickshire

Rail services in Coventry and Warwickshire hit by cable theft

Morning rail services have been disrupted in Coventry and Warwickshire as a result of cable theft.

Police were notified at about 03:00 BST and found about 30m of signalling cable had been stolen in the area of Longford, Coventry.

No trains were running between the city and Nuneaton until after 08:00 BST, Network Rail said.

It said a manually-controlled signalling system was used from 07:50 and there was disruption until 09:45.

The loss of signalling in the Bedworth area related to five signals, it added.

British Transport Police (BTP) said at just after 03:00 BST it was alerted to the theft of cable from the line near Blackhorse Road, Longford.

A spokesman said: "BTP is now investigating the theft and officers are working closely with colleagues from Network Rail to trace the stolen cable and the offenders.

"As a result of the theft, early morning services on the line were disrupted, causing major inconvenience to passengers and the rail industry."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites