Rail bosses offer reward after Teesside cable thefts

Rail bosses have offered a £1,000 reward after thieves stole cable from two trackside locations on Teesside.

The thefts, which happened in Middlesbrough and Stockton on Wednesday, resulted in widespread disruption to passenger services.

Network Rail and the charity Crimestoppers have offered the reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are investigating both incidents.

More than 450 yards (137m) of cable was taken from a stretch of track at Hartburn Lane in Stockton, a BTP spokesman said.

'Risking injury'

Det Insp Brian Buddo added: "Cable theft is a dangerous activity. Some cable can carry extremely high voltage and we have seen a number of cases in which thieves have been seriously injured.

"Those who steal cable are not just risking a prison sentence, they are also risking serious injury and in some cases they may be risking their lives."

Richard Lungmuss, route director for Network Rail, said: "The theft of cable is a constant drain on our resources and cause of considerable disruption to rail services. This is not acceptable.

"We are already carrying out considerable work to deter thieves and to respond to incidents quickly in order to minimise delays."

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