Railway cable theft: Eleven men charged

Eleven men have been charged with conspiracy to steal railway power cable in the north Cotswolds area between November and May.

The arrests were made in Birmingham and Warwickshire on 23 and 24 May as part of Operation Distillery.

It is investigating the theft of cable between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh.

The men of Romanian origin, aged between 19 and 36, have been remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 1 June.

On 23 May, four men were detained after a suspicious vehicle was stopped by Warwickshire Police officers near the railway line in Church Lawford, Warwickshire.

The following day officers from British Transport Police executed search warrants at five addresses in the Handsworth and Smethwick areas of Birmingham and arrested seven men.

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